Institutional and State Racism in Ireland

In the spring of 2005, the Irish Centre for Human Rights was commissioned by Amnesty International (Irish Section) to conduct research on institutional and state racism in Ireland. The report, entitled Breaking Down Barriers, was written by Vinodh Jaichand and Louise Beirne of Amnesty International (Irish Section) and launched on 21st March 2006 to mark International Day against Racism. In its conclusions the report states that the Irish Government has failed to tackle the existence of racial discrimination in its laws, policies and practices and recommends that the Government undertake a "human rights audit", starting with the mainstreaming of human rights and anti-discrimination training for all state and institutional personnel.

The report can be viewed here:Breaking Down Barriers Report