Recently the BBC’s current affairs series Panorama turned its sights on soccer-related racism in Poland and Ukraine, the host nations of Euro 2012. The documentary included footage of thousands of Polish fans chanting anti-semitic slogans and giving
I have written about the direct provision system for asylum seekers several times before. It is an inhumane system, in which hostel managers have the discretion to maltreat asylum seekers at will, and in which asylum seekers live in ‘zones of exception’
At first, the killing in France of three paratroopers of North African and African origin, followed by three Jewish students and a rabbi outside a Jewish school, was a puzzling development. Some assumed it was the work of a white supremacist who, like the Norwegian
I’d been expecting that Palestinian hunger striker Khader Adnan would not be alive by the time you read this. Adnan, a 33-year-old baker and father of two daughters living in the occupied West Bank, and a political activist and spokesman for Islamic
Having given the Minister for Justice a qualified welcome at the start of his term, the time has come to begin scrutinising the work of his department on immigration and integration.
In July 2004 a badly decomposed body, described by the media as that of “a black non-national woman”, was discovered in a black plastic bag on a riverbank in Co Kilkenny. Because she arrived as an asylum seeker in 2000 and – like all
When Stephen Lawrence, a black teenager in London, was stabbed to death in 1993 by what a British court called last week a “gang of racist thugs”, no one expected it to become the most notorious case of justice evaded, leading even to the indictment
I write this having just learned that Nigerian taxi driver Moses Ayanwole has died of his injuries after being brutally attacked by a white passenger on Dublin’s Pearse Street. I write with rage not only at the senseless murder, but also at the refusal
Two nights after Jewish people celebrated their New Year, two violent incidents occurred which made me angrier than usual at the brutal behaviour of Israeli Jewish West Bank settlers, the Israeli police, and the Israeli racial state.
As I write this, the leader of the British National Party, Nick Griffin, is scheduled to debate the question of whether multiculturalism has gone ‘too far’ at Trinity College’s Philosophical Society on 20 October.
Much has been written about the implications of the horrible massacre in Norway. After the initial automatic knee-jerk assumption that the murderer must have been an Islamist terrorist, the discovery that he was one of their ‘own’ – albeit
I was stunned at the news that Pamela Izevbekhai – the Nigerian asylum seeker who highlighted the plight of her daughters facing FGM – had lost her case at the European Court of Human Rights and might be deported after all.
Like everyone else, I was appalled by the revelations on RTE’s Prime Time Invest-igates on 30 May about the impact of Government cuts on disabled people and their carers - so appalled that I felt unable to watch the whole programme.
Not many people today speak about the 5.4 million people murdered in DR Congo in the past decade, due to the invasion of the country by Rwanda. It came in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, when 800,000 Tutsis and many Hutus were murdered in three months
Together with a team of researchers, I am now completing the book that will summarise the Migrant Networks project which was part of the Trinity Immigration Initiative, a philanthropically funded three-year research project.
The creation of the post of Minister of State for Integration in 2007 was welcomed by many migrants, members of ethnic minorities, NGOs and academics working in this field.
On 20 April I attended a roundtable on anti-racism hosted by the Equality Authority in Dublin.
He was a 15-year-old who came to Ireland from Nigeria over a decade ago. He had a lovely smile and a loving family, was popular with his Tyrrelstown school friends and played soccer with Shelbourne FC. On Good Friday he got into a row, sparked by racist jibes,