National Action Plan Against Racism


INAR calls for a renewed National Action Plan Against Racism (NAPAR) and for the Government to show political leadership in the fight against racism in Ireland.


INAR welcomes publication of Anti-Racism Committee Interim Report to Government

INAR sits on the Government’s advisory Anti-Racism Committee (ARC), appointed by Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan and Minister of State David Staunton in June 2020, and convened in October 2020 by Roderic O’Gorman, Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth. Since 2019, the Committee has sat in full session 13 times, also working in smaller groups and additionally consulting with stakeholders and experts in preparation for a plan for public consultations. In November, the Committee made its Interim Report to Minister O’Gorman, which has now been approved by Cabinet and published. INAR is very pleased with the Interim Report, the fruit of much hard work and collaboration with colleagues on the Committee, and the Consultation plan that accompanies it. We are proud of the progressive language and framing of racism in these documents. We believe that, with enough resourcing and leadership from Government, these documents hold the promise of Ireland being able to develop an ambitious and far-reaching National Action Plan Against Racism (NAPAR). We urge our Government, now that it has taken the bold step of adopting this document, to follow through the consultation process and beyond in the elaboration and implementation of our next National Action Plan Against Racism, to make Ireland a progressive beacon in the world by becoming a proudly and purposefully anti-racist country.

Despite the publication of the interim report and the commitment to publish a NAPAR by 2022, the government has failed to show political leadership in the fight against racism in Ireland by following through with the implementation of the NAPAR. INAR  calls for an urgent implementation of an  effective National Action Plan Against Racism (NAPAR) which is compliant with the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DDPA) adopted at the 2001 UN World Conference against Racism and Discrimination in Durban, South Africa and ratified by Ireland.

About the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DDPA)


The DDPA calls for comprehensive national action plans to eradicate racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. It calls for the reinforcement of national institutions and it formulates concrete recommendations in the areas of national legislation and the administration of justice.  The DDPA emphasizes the importance of preventive and concerted action, especially in the field of education and awareness-raising, and calls for the strengthening of human rights education.


Between 2003 and 2008,  Ireland had a National Action Plan Against Racism (NAPAR) which, while it was not fully DDPA-compliant at least provided a framework for tackling racism at a national level, and signalled an understanding that the State should give leadership in the fight against racism across public institutions and all areas of life. However, with the financial crisis, the last NAPAR was allowed to expire in 2008, and with it came the closure of one of its key pillars; the National Consultative Committee on Racism and Integration (NCCRI) which shut in 2009.

Today, there  is an urgent need for a renewed National Action Plan Against Racism (NAPAR) to be developed with civil society stakeholders. The recent government document “Migrant Integration Strategy” published in February 2017 fails to meet the standards of a UN Durban Declaration-compliant NAPAR. The Strategy’s  framing of anti-racism measures entirely within the focus of ‘migrant integration’ ignores the maturity of Ireland as a diverse society and the presence of indigenous ethnic minorities, namely Irish Travellers and other Irish-born ethnic minorities.



INAR Ireland calls for:

  • The Developent of a renewed NAPAR. Beginning with the restoration of a statutorily guaranteed and independent National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism (NCCRI).
  • With Civil Society Stakeholders the NCCRI should oversee development and monitor the implementation of a new National Action Plan Against Racism, as one of its functions, explicitly including Irish Travellers (an indigenous ethnic minority) and other Irish-born ethnic minorities.
  • It should also act as an  independent body for advising the government on racism and independently collect data on racist discrimination, holding it to account.



Duties of the former NCCRI included:

  • The collation of racist incident reports;
  • The implementation and monitoring of the National Action Plan Against Racism;
  • Training for the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioners;
  • Delivering research such as the report;
  • Developing Quality Cost Effective Interpreting and Translating Services for Government Service Providers;
  • Various roles as National Coordinating body for the 2008 European Union Year of Intercultural Dialogue in Ireland, assisting with the Football Association of Ireland’s Intercultural Football Plan and the co-ordination of Intercultural and Anti – Racism Week on an annual basis.

NAPAR: Relevant resources & documents

Notes On The NAPAR

INAR, 2021 

Alternative Report on

Racial Discrimination in Ireland

Collective Civil Society Perspective

Submission to the Oireachtas on

Integration, Multiculturalism and Combating Racism



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