THE FAR-RIGHT IN IRELAND
In recent years, globally, we have seen increased activity from the far-right spewing their message of hate and division. In the Irish context, this has been seen in the spreading of false information targetting minoritised groups and feeding into dangerous tropes of racism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia and misogny.
Examples of this can be seen with the 2020 house fire in Balbriggan, which the far right wanted to blame on black residents of the area claiming groups of black teenagers were responsible for the fire. Another disturbing example of this was seen after the horrific murder of George Nkencho where the far right were spreading false information about George Nkencho to justify his death. The COVID-19 pandemic has also seen the far right target our friends of Asian backgrounds leading to increased cases of racist crimes targetting them.
Given this proliferation of the message of hate and division, it is important to counter their advances with a message of love, hope and solidarity. In light of this, we compiled a list of resouces from expert organisations that have been studying and successfully disrupting the far right. You can find these below.
A GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING AND RESPONDING TO THE FAR-RIGHT
A resource, put together by the Hope and Courage Collective & Community Work Ireland, to support community workers, community work organisations and groups concerned with promoting social inclusion and human rights to respond to far-right actors and activity
ANTI-FASCIST EUROPE – IRELAND
Anti-fascist Europe has detailed information offering an overview, exploration map, current situation, news & analysis, reports as well as a collation of resources.
Following the increasing activities of the far-right in Ireland, INAR has been offering media commentary on what has led to this, it’s impacts and what we can do combat it.