On 21 March 2023, the Minister of State for Community Development, Integration and Charities, Joe O’Brien, announced the publication of the National Action Plan Against Racism (NAPAR) 2023-2027.
The plan proposes actions to help make Ireland a place in which the impacts of racism are fully acknowledged and actively addressed. It was developed by an independent Anti-Racism Committee chaired by Professor Caroline Fennell.
An Ireland Against Racism Fund will also be created, which will include up to €1 million in funding for both national/regional projects and local initiatives that aim to combat racism and foster racial equality and community cohesion, in order to support the implementation of the NAPAR.
In line with a recommendation in the NAPAR, an independent Special Rapporteur on Racial Equality and Racism will also be appointed to monitor implementation of the plan. The Government has developed an implementation plan for the NAPAR’s first year. A NAPAR Co-ordination Committee will be convened to co-ordinate activity under the plan and gather the data necessary for monitoring the implementation of the actions. The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth will Chair the Committee, which will comprise representatives of government departments responsible for actions under the plan. Local authorities will also be represented.
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