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Sinn Féin mark International Day Against Racism in the Dáil by tackling Government's record

21 March, 2006

Marking International Day Against Racism three of Sinn Féin’s TD will raise the  issue  of  racism in the Dáil today.  Speaking after Order of Business Deputies  Aengus  Ó Snodaigh, Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin and Seán Crowe will seek to  have  the  business  of  the  Dáil  adjourned  so  the  issues could be discussed.   Sinn  Féin  Dáil  leader,  Caoimhghin  Ó  Caoláin  TD  will demand that the Government  “develop  and  implement  a  pro-active,  viable, comprehensive national  strategy  for  the  positive integration of immigrants and ethnic minorities  into  Irish society.”  He will also call for the “mainstreaming of  integration policies and measures in all relevant policy portfolios and levels of government and public services.”   Deputy Ó Snodaigh, who is the party’s spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Human   Rights,   will   call   on  the  Government  to  “properly  address institutional  racism within the State” which he said included “its failure to  recognize  Travellers as a distinct ethnic minority.”  The Dublin South Central TD will also accuse the Government of “passing immigration measures that have discriminatory effects.”  He will also question the “inclusion of the  Equality brief within a department that prioritises a criminal justice agenda.  All of these concerns he said had been highlighted in a new report by Amnesty International.   Deputy  Seán  Crowe  from  Dublin South West will call on the Government to “address the role it is playing in encouraging racism by failing to deliver adequate  resources  for  health,  housing,  education and social security, resulting   in   the   wrongful   scapegoating  of  immigrants  and  ethnic minorities.”   Meanwhile, this Saturday, at the conclusion of anti-racism week, Sinn Fein's National Elected Representatives Forum AGM will focus on what elected representatives can do at a local level and the party at a national level to tackle racism. ENDS

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