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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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