Above from left: . Brian Killoran, CEO, Immigrant Council of Ireland, Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar and Sister Stanislaus Kennedy and Raneem Saleh
Radisson Blu Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8.
Taoiseach leo Varadkar attends the he Immigrant Council of Ireland’s Integration and Inclusion Conference which will focus on six ‘key areas of significance’: employment; housing; sport; anti-racism; migrant leadership and Direct Provision.
This week the abhorrent language & experiences of racism have again made the headlines. But hear this: a family just called us as they want to invite a family living in direct provision to share Christmas in their home – sharing culture a great way to #EndRacism #FridayFeeling
Meanwhile, separately… in yesterday’s Sunday Times, Gabrielle Monaghan reported:
“Ireland now has the most educated immigrants in the EU, following a wave of migration from Eastern Europe during the boom, a new report has indicated.”
“Some 48% of the so-called “new Irish” have a third-level qualification, compared to 35% of their native counterparts. This gives Ireland the largest share of educated foreigners in the EU, and the third-highest among the 34 western nations in the OECD, after Israel and Canada. Most of Ireland’s immigrants, 71%, received their education abroad.”
“The findings are contained in a joint report by the OECD and the European Commission aimed at overturning policymakers’ preconceptions about immigrants. Indicators of Immigrant Integration 2015: Settling In showed that just 20% of new arrivals have a low level of education.”
Immigration Council of Ireland’s ‘Mothers and Daughters’ lunch invite (top) and guest speaker Noirin O’Sullivan, acting Garda Commissioner at a seminar in Farmleigh House in June.
We would like to draw your attention to the fact that the Immigrant Council of Ireland is running the “Turn Off the Red Light” (TORL) campaign, a lobby of approximately 70 organisation led by the Immigrant Council of Ireland created for the purpose of lobbying the Government to bring in new laws to ‘end prostitution and sex trafficking’ in their own words, most notably a new law to criminalise the purchase of sex between consenting adults.
For the Garda Commissioner to be guest speaker at this €100 a ticket fundraising event suggests she supports the TORL campaign.
We feel this is an entirely inappropriate political position for Garda Commissioner to have taken and would ask her to pull out of this event.
We would also like to highlight that the Immigrant Council of Ireland has repeatedly advertised this Mothers and Daughters Lunch as being an event to fundraise for “women and girls who are victims of sex trafficking and prostitution”…We suspect [following apparently no response to submitted queries to the council] the money will actually be going towards the Turn Off The Red Light campaign…
…We write this letter as an organisation that has recorded 5,565 incidents of abuse or crime against sex workers in Ireland since 2009. Sex worker victims of crime are generally accustomed to receiving no support from An Garda Síochána and it strikes us as markedly inappropriate that the Gardaí’s disinterest in crime against sex workers is matched with such keen support of a political campaign to further criminalise sex work.
From an open letter to acting Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan by Ugly Mugs, a scheme run by sex workers “that aims to improve the safety of sex workers in Ireland and reduce crimes committed against them”.
“The Government should immediately outline what procedures are in place across all public services to prevent racial profiling, according to the Immigrant Council of Ireland.”
“The Council says high profile cases involving children from the Roma community have raised questions over whether minorities are being subjected to excessive attention from Gardaí and public services. Assurances are now needed to allay those fears.”
“Denise Charlton, Chief Executive of the Immigrant Council said: ‘Ireland has already been warned by a Council of Europe report in February about the need to prevent racial profiling, and the events of the past week have done little to reassure migrants that this has taken place.'”
“‘The placing of two children from the Roma community into care comes just one week after the Government announced that people from abroad would account for a disproportionate 50% of social welfare checks as part of a new crackdown on fraud.'”
“‘Any targeting of members of an individual community for such scrutiny, on the basis of unfounded perceptions that they are more likely than others to break the law, is wrong.'”
“‘The Immigrant Council of Ireland believes that robust anti-racism policies and procedures are key to ensure fair access to and delivery of our public services.'”
“‘It is time for the Government to outline what procedures are in place to re-assure people, both Irish and migrant, that no-one need fear being targeted because of their background, belief or colour of their skin.’”