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Playing politics with hate crime legislation is ‘reckless and dangerous’, says Pavee Point

A campaign organisation has cautioned that tampering with the Hate Crime Bill in politics is “reckless and dangerous” in light of recent statistics showing an increase in hate crimes, reports Breaking News.

According to Pavee Point co-director Martin Collins, political parties that had previously backed the legislation are now “wavering” on the Bill.

Before the next general election, Taoiseach Simon Harris has promised to adopt a revised version of the hate speech laws.

The Bill, which seeks to enact rules that would make “hate” an aggravating component in some crimes, has politicians arguing over its phrasing, reports Breaking News.

The number of hate crimes and hate-related events recorded to gardaí has increased by 12%, according to new numbers.

According to the force, there were 651 hate crimes and hate-related occurrences in 2023 compared to 582 in 2022.

There have been 548 hate crimes and 103 events connected to hatred, which is an increase from 510 and 72 in 2022, respectively, reports Breaking News.

The government is being urged to recommit to the Hate Crime Bill by the Coalition Against Hate Crime, a coalition of twenty-three civil society organisations.

The draft regulations against hate speech should be completely repealed, according to Sinn Féin and a few government officials, such as Charlie Flanagan and Michael Ring of Fine Gael, reports Breaking News.

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