Statement

Hayes Calls on Dublin City to sign up to European Action Week against Racism

In the wake of hooligan racism in Paris, Fine Gael MEP for Dublin Brian Hayes, has called on Dublin City Council to join the European Action Week Against Racism Cities Initiative. Hayes made the call while asking Dubliners, schools and teachers to remember European Action Week Against Racism (14th – 22nd March) which falls during Seachtain na Gaeilge (1st – 17th) and St. Patricks festival (14th – 17th March). Art, sport and dance events will take place in Tallaght, Clondalkin and across South Dublin to mark the week.

“The vile images of racism by so-called soccer fans on the Paris metro and anti-Semitic songs at a London Premiership game recently shocked us all. They are a timely reminder that we must always be vigilant against racism. European Action Week Against Racism (14th – 22nd March) is an opportunity for our diverse and multicultural population of Europe to come together as one to stamp out hate. As the YouTube images of the Paris metro bounce around the world, it is important to highlight Dublin as an inclusive and respectful European city.”

“This particular week is a busy time of year with Seachtain na Gaeilge and St. Patrick’s day events happening across our city and county. Many teachers and pupils are working long hours preparing for both.  I’m asking Dubliners to keep in mind European Action Week Against Racism and to take part in some of the events. I’m proud that the council I was a member of, South Dublin County Council are offering a brilliant programme of sports and art competitions as part of European Action Week Against Racism.”

“Dublin prides itself on our Céad Míle Fáilte and as a holiday destination. I’m calling on Dublin City Council and our Lord Mayor to join the Action Week Against Racism Cities Initiative. It is simple to do and would send a strong message internationally at a time when ugly scenes from European capitals are being seen across the world.”

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