"Commenting on the findings from the report Amanda Haynes said:
“It’s important to recognise that there are examples of good practice in the service. In recording anti-transgender hate crime, for instance, An Garda Síochána has shown a willingness to engage with the needs of the trans community. That said, the experiences of trans people reported to us highlight issues of concern. Although An Garda Síochána has high levels of confidence amongst the general population, these are not reflected among the trans respondents to this research.”
"Twenty-five years ago, on June 24 1993, the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act was passed decriminalising homosexuality in this jurisdiction. The Hate and Hostility Research Group’s latest ‘Academic Meets Activist’ event, marked the 25th Anniversary of Decriminalisation in Ireland, and highlighted the ongoing struggle for decriminalisation in Jamaica.
The evening consisted of a panel discussion between the co-Directors of the HHRG, Dr Amanda Haynes and Jennifer Schweppe along with: Maurice Tomlinson, Vanessa Lacey, Mary Dorcey, Professor Geraldine Moane, and Karl Hayden."
Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan issued a statement acknowledging the report is "a hugely important piece of research, and makes a series of recommendations on how our criminal justice system can do better at combatting hatred."
"Jennifer Schweppe, Senior Lecturer at the School of Law, and co–Director of UL’s Hate and Hostility Research Group (HHRG), was invited to the Fifth meeting of the EU High Level Group (HLG) on combating racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance to present the findings of the HHRG’s ‘Lifecycle of a Hate Crime: Comparative Report’.
The HLG was set up by the European Commission following recommendations made at the 2015 first Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights. The purpose of the HLG is to exchange models of best practice between Member States to help combat hate crime."
"Jennifer Schweppe (School of Law) and Amanda Haynes (Department of Sociology), co-directors of the Hate and Hostility Research Group, launched one of four outputs of their 2015-2017 research on the treatment of hate crime in the criminal justice system, which was funded by EU Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme.
The Report, co-authored by Schweppe and Haynes with Mark A. Walters of Sussex University, presents a comparative analysis of five jurisdictions’ approach to addressing hate crime through the legal process. Spanning both common law and civil law systems, the jurisdictions addressed in the Report include Ireland, England and Wales, Sweden, the Czech Republic and Latvia."
"The University of Limerick’s Hate and Hostility Research Group (HHRG) hosted a conversation with Michelle Visage, celebrity LGBTQIA+ activist and judge on Ru Paul’s Drag Race and Ireland’s Got Talent. Michelle is a longstanding and vocal advocate for gay rights and equality. The event, which was attended by a capacity crowd of 450 people, was hosted by Dolan’s Warehouse as part of the ‘academic meets activist’ series of HHRG events." [Photos: Cian Reinhardt/ilovelimerick]