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  1. Ann

    Amazing that Ireland has no hate crime legeslation in place.

    Well done for following up this subject and for requesting that the data be made available and put in the public arena.

    The piece was interesting and informative.

  2. Eebs

    I assume it’s to cover transvetites and crossdressers who may identify as men but get harassed when in drag/womens clothing. That’s just one example I could come up with.

  3. Eebs

    Oh sure there is a good line in the article that hits that

    “Its significance is that all trans and gender-variant people will be covered as will be all people who do not present their gender in a stereotyped way.”

    It’s to cover people who maybe don’t see themselves as trans but who have a typified gender expression.

  4. @ rhubarb – I’ll put my hands up here and say, I don’t know. But what Eebs has said makes a lot of sense, so that must be it, to ensure all potential victims of crime are covered.

    @ Ann – Thank you! Hopefully we’ll get those data before too long.

    Yeah, to my knowledge the only legislation this country has in relation to hate is the Prohibition on Incitement to Hatred Act, 1989, but: there have been only a handful of prosecutions under that law; and it only deals with “incitement”, not crimes motivated by bigotry, etc., themselves.

    So there’s a major gap in law/policy there. Compared with the UK, where some constabularies (if not nationwide) have a campaign of encouraging people to report any and every instance of hate crimes and less severe incidents, including name calling (which may or may not be a crime, but it all gets recorded once it’s reported).

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