O’Brien calls on Kenny to reassure African community that Fine Gael will not tolerate racism
Speaking following the comments of the Fine Gael Mayor of Naas, Darren Scully, that he would no longer represent black Africans, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Justice and Equality Jonathan O’Brien TD called on the Taoiseach to make his position on this issue clear and provide assurances to the black community in Ireland that racism in any guise will not be tolerated by Fine Gael.
The Cork North-Central TD said:
“Firstly I am calling for Fine Gael Mayor of Naas, Darren Scully to apologise for his racist and insensitive comments that he would no longer represent black Africans. It is an insulting comment that will cause great pain.
“When the new Programme for Government was introduced we pointed out that the Programme promised only to “promote policies which integrate minority ethnic groups”. It was not clear what is meant by this. There was no promise to revive the National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism, which was dissolved by the previous government or to restore the funding that was cut to the Equality Authority and Human Rights Commission. Fine Gael and Labour are now intent on amalgamating these two bodies at a time when they are needed most.
“Racism has no place in Ireland and we need to challenge racism through provision of education resources and intercultural activity which supports integration. There is a need to constantly promote tolerance and respect across the many different cultures in Ireland.
“Sinn Féin is now calling on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to address this issue and provide assurances to the black community in Ireland that racism in any guise will not be tolerated by Fine Gael.”