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Bishop Leahy speaks out against racism and intolerance

Some of those who come to Ireland have escaped from very dangerous situations, including religious persecution. On top of the trauma of losing their homes, jobs and often their families, they now face the challenge of being strangers in Ireland – Bishop Leahy.

2019.09.18.

Bishop Doran warns of “disturbing signs of racial prejudice”

In his article “Rejecting Racism: Welcome, Protect, Promote and Integrate”, Bishop Doran asks why this is happening in Ireland, “considering our strong missionary tradition” and support for Trócaire, Concern and Goal.

2019.08.21.

Build relationships at local level so all feel welcome, urge bishops

“In our rapidly changing Ireland, we appeal for a new-found respect for every human person, without exception, and a complete avoidance of the use of offensive language."

2019.06.15.

Immigrant council calls for reform of immigration system in Ireland

“From our extensive experience it is clear the immigration system is crying out for reform,” says Catherine Cosgrave, Managing Solicitor, Immigrant Council of Ireland.

2019.05.30.

Remembering the Holocaust is more imperative than ever, says President Higgins

“As we remember, let us also ensure that we do not become passive observers of discrimination or inequality in our society but remain vigilant to the emergence of racism and hate speech.”

2019.01.28.

Pope’s peace message highlights importance of political office

In the 52nd World Day of Peace message, Pope Francis admonishes those whose political addresses blame every evil on migrants as “unacceptable”.

2018.12.19.

Call from bishop to confront racism in England

Bishop Paul McAleenan stated that society in England has experienced a significant rise in hate crime since the 2016 referendum and last year’s terror attacks.

2018.10.03.

Could this man be the Church’s first official Afro-American Saint?

An escaped slave, Fr Augustus Tolton become America’s first black diocesan priest in 1886 thanks to the help of an Irish Augustinian, Fr Peter McGirr from Co. Tyrone.

2018.05.14.

Racism is increasing in Ireland

The very significant levels of fear among those who have been abused because of their race have led to mental health problems, ongoing anxiety, depression, avoidance of public places and normal life, as well as loss of confidence and work and study opportunities.

2017.03.22.

Dublin faith leaders stand “shoulder to shoulder” following Berlin attack

Lord Mayor of Dublin launches Interfaith Charter dealing with issues such as religious freedom, inter-faith dialogue and the promotion of religious diversity.

2016.12.21.

President Higgins speaks out against xenophobia

“Racism and xenophobia are garnering electoral power in many countries” – President Higgins.

2016.11.23.

‘No reports of racism against Polish immigrants in Ireland’

The Chairman of the Polish Bishops’ Council for Emigrants, Bishop Wiesław Lechowicz, came to Dublin to celebrate the 170th anniversary of the dedication of St Audoen’s Church - home now to the Polish chaplaincy.

2016.09.23.

‘Level of solidarity with refugees often inadequate’

At the annual Festival of Peoples celebration, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin stresses that those who contribute to the common good in Irish society have rights.

2016.05.16.

PULSE logging of racism & hate crimes welcomed

“No-one should have to fear a brick through their bedroom window, abuse when going to the local shop or discrimination of any form" - ICI.

2015.12.23.

Pope meets relatives of Carrickmines fire tragedy

"To know that the Holy Father is with us even when the Government does not appear to be with us, that is why we are so religious.”

2015.10.27.

Ireland celebrates Africa Day

Immigrant Council of Ireland warns that family rights, access to work and education as well as citizenship need to be addressed by the State.

2015.05.25.

Anger as psychologist likens No voters to Nazis

Call for Dr Maureen Gaffney to withdraw remarks effectively likening those who do not want marriage redefined to Nazis and racists.

2015.05.15.

Immigrant Council of Ireland appoints new CEO

Assurances will be sought from all parties and independent candidates in the general election that they will address the concerns of migrants and their families.

2015.03.02.

Six candles recall Jews who died in Holocaust

President and Foreign Affairs Minister attend National Holocaust Memorial Day to honour those who perished.

2015.01.26.

Too many in ‘limbo’ warns Immigrant Council

Failure to introduce a fair immigration service is impacting on individuals and families on a daily basis.

2015.01.02.

Church leaders affirm commitment to embrace diversity and build “inclusive communities”

Regret hurt caused to Muslims by comments made by Church pastor branding Islam as “heathen” and “satanic”.

2014.05.31.

Freedom to believe must be at heart of society: President

Higgins warns of a return to appalling racism in parts of Europe.

2014.04.05.

Olympian Ronnie Delany credits faith in his success

Sports stars discuss cheating, violence and drug abuse at conference on sports and ethics.

2013.10.21.
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