Reports and Bills
Criminal Justice (Hate Crime) Bill
Ireland does not currently have any specific legislation to deal with hate crime. The Prohibition of Incitement to Hatred Act 1989 deals with hate-based offences, but prosecutions have been few and far between. As a result, the Department of Justice announced the Criminal Justice (Hate Crime) Bill in April 2021. The General Scheme can be read here.
The White Paper on ending direct provision:
In 2021 the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth published a White Paper to End Direct Provision and to Establish a New International Protection Support Service. The White Paper sets out an important policy change and indicates the government’s commitment to end Direct Provision by 2024. The full report can be found here.
Undocumented Migrant Scheme
The government announced a new scheme to regularise the status of people living in Ireland who do not have current immigration status. Further information can be found here.