Sinn Féin MLA Bronwyn McGahan has welcomed the cross-party support for a motion today in the Assembly condemning the recent racist attacks.
Ms McGahan stated,
“I welcome the fact that all parties supported the Sinn Féin motion condemning the attacks on ethnic communities across the North.
“It is important that we send out a strong message that these attacks will not be tolerated in any form or fashion.
“People who come to make a home in Ireland should be treated with respect and given the same equality as every other citizen.
“As austerity forces many of our young people to emigrate I would hope they do not find the same intolerance many of our ethnic communities and foreign nationals have faced here recently in the North.
“The people who come here make a very valuable contribution to our society.
“Today’s motion was about providing leadership and standing side by side with these communities in facing down hate crimes.”