To: Minister for Justice and Equality

Love Not Hate: Unite to legislate against hate crime

We are calling for the government to enact the proposed Criminal Law (Hate Crime) Bill immediately, to protect people from various minorities in Ireland. We want to help break the silence on hate crime, encourage people to report racism and other hate attacks and to find effective ways to address it. This legislation can help to achieve that.

Why is this important?

Ireland, unlike most other EU countries, has no hate crime legislation.

The YES Equality campaign was an amazing show of public support for equality in Ireland. We want our government to take the next step, and protect those among us who are perceived to be different because of our skin colour, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical, intellectual, mental abilities and so on. We need to send a clear message that racism and hate have no place in our communities and that our society should be inclusive of all.

The proposed Criminal Law (Hate Crime) Bill was drafted in 2015 and provides for sentencing to be increased and for crimes to be treated as more serious if prejudice or hate can be shown to be a motive. However, now that the Bill has been drafted, the Government has yet to take action to review and introduce it, leaving minorities in Ireland without protection. We have the draft legislation, so let’s put it into action!

Please sign this petition to the Minister for Justice and Equality, who has the power to enact this legislation. Let’s make sure she feels the strong pressure from thousands of us to protect our families, friends, neighbours and colleagues. Help us send out a strong message that we want to live in a truly inclusive Republic which values all of our minorities and the integrity of our communities. Let's make sure there is no space for hate in our country.

How it will be delivered

The petition will be delivered to Charles Flanagan, the Minister for Justice & Equality.

Reasons for signing

  • People don't deserve hatred because of who they love!
  • Because I feel that we should not be asked to remove blasphemy protection from our constitution while we have no Hate Crime Bill in place. This allows everyone to say what they want,with no repercussions. I strongly feel that there is too much emphasis on violence related hate crime in your aims. Hate crime can be perpetrated on many levels,oral,written and in all media, and can cause a lot of harm without violent attack being a factor.
  • I have heard outrageous racist comments in a pub in Tralee, Co Kerry and while I confronted the bar attendant and the other people involved I feel that this is not enough and legislation is required. It was concerning the Rose Of Tralee winner who happens to be of mixed race extraction.


2016-08-13 08:13:09 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2016-05-18 15:06:06 +0100

Fantastic news! Our ‪#‎LoveNotHate‬ petition has just reached a milestone of 4000 signatures supporting the call for hate crime legislation in Ireland!
A massive THANK YOU to all of you who has signed it already and those who helped to reach so many people! Can you help us get 5000? Together we can do it! The more signatures we have the bigger pressure we can put on the Minister for Justice. It's time to stop pretending that hate crime is not a problem in Ireland.
Please share the petition with your friends & family now on social media or by email: Thank you!

PS. We will announce a new hand in day soon!

2016-02-10 17:04:37 +0000

Dear Supporters, we have decided to move the date of the hand-in of the petition to March, when we will know the new Minister for Justice and to make sure we get as much exposure as possible. We will announce the new date by the end of the week. Thank you for your support to date and please keep sharing this petition with your friends and family! Let's all stand for Love Not Hate!

2016-02-08 21:37:52 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2016-02-02 14:02:23 +0000

500 signatures reached

2016-02-02 11:57:58 +0000

Thank you all so much for signing this petition and supporting our campaign! Have you see our Love Not Hate video? Here it is: . Enjoy and please share!

2016-01-28 13:58:42 +0000

100 signatures reached

2016-01-25 22:39:37 +0000

50 signatures reached

2016-01-25 13:38:25 +0000

25 signatures reached

2016-01-25 12:31:03 +0000

We are launching the campaign on Thursday, 28th January at 10am in Wynn's Hotel, Abbey Street, Dublin 1. Are you coming? Register here:

2016-01-18 12:25:34 +0000

10 signatures reached