Academics draft hate crime bill for minorities

Academics at the University of Limerick have drafted a bill that would incorporate hate crimes – against all minorities – into Irish law, superseding the one introduced in early 2017 that has stalled in the Irish parliament, write Hugo Greenhalgh and Cormac O Brien for Reuters.

LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) campaigners called on the Irish government last Wednesday to make hate crimes illegal following a wave of violent attacks on the gay community. Over the course of the past few weeks, a brick was thrown through the window of a popular Dublin LGBT bar, homophobic slogans were scrawled on the walls of another, and in June a gay male couple were hospitalised following an assault.

“If we don’t recognise hate crimes through legislation we are missing out on the message that it can send that this sort of behaviour is not tolerated by society,” said Jennifer Schweppe, senior lecturer in law at the University of Limerick.
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