COUNTERING THE FAR-RIGHT IN IRELAND
Learn about the composition of the far right, their ways of organising and importantly how to effectively respond to their advances.
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 Far Right Observatory & 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
UNITY OVER DIVISION CAMPAIGN LEAFLETS
Leaflets, put together by Unite the Union, as part of the Unity Over Division Campaign, to equip officers and activists with the counter-arguments to challenge the far right’s narrative
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.
REPORT RACISM: IREPORT.IE
IREPORT.IE RACIST INCIDENT REPORTING SYSTEM
iReport.ie Racist Incident Reporting System, INAR Ireland’s flagship project, was launched in July 2013. It allows the people, communities, and organisations of Ireland to confidentially report racism nationwide.
- National, confidential and user-friendly way to report racism from any online device.
- Enables people who experience or witness racism and/or those supporting them to do something about it and break the silence.
- Used for monitoring racism in Ireland.
- Provides evidence and data on racism in Ireland.
- Counters an increase in racism and a hardening of racist attitudes.
- Helps focus the discussion on finding solutions to racism.