Indicator history

Close Window

Is the judiciary reported to be adequately and effectively combating racist violence/hate crime?

Key Area:
Anti-racist Crime Legislation & Implementation
28/02/2012 - 17:01
Short Answer

Judges John Neilan, Harvey Kenny and Sean McBride have all been reported as making racist comments in their courtrooms and in regard to sentencing, there has been no reprimands or charges laid against them.

Qualitative Info

Judge McBride’s comments on Travellers:

"They would take the eye out of you while smiling at you... They've been reared that way." He added that he wanted them "out... amach" and said he'd "jail every last one of them if they come before me".

Judge Neilan on ‘coloured people’:

 “There are people in this State who have worked all of their lives and they don’t, in their old-age pension, have the benefits these ladies have.

“The majority of shopping centres in this District Court area will be putting a ban of access to coloured people if this type of behaviour does not stop.

“We give them dignity and respect, and the first thing they do is engage in criminal activity. All you are asked to do is conduct yourselves as any other citizen in this State.

“You have let your countrymen and women down, and it’s just a pity that a few like you can malign so many.”

Judge Kenny on Nigerians:

A Nigerian woman should be "put in jail to stop all other Nigerians committing similar offences" [driving without insurance]

“I don't think any Nigerian is obeying the law of the land when it comes to driving. I had a few of them in Galway yesterday and they are all driving around without insurance and the way to stop this is to put you in jail. Word would go out then in the Nigerian community that if you must drive, you must have insurance...You are lucky you are not going to jail."

Groups affected/interested Migrants, Refugees, Roma & Travelers, Muslims, Ethnic minorities, Religious minorities, Linguistic minorities, Majority, Asylum seekers, Africans/black people, National minorities
Type (R/D)
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Policing - law enforcement, Health and social protection, Political discourse -parties - orgs, Political participation, Anti-discrimination, Anti-racism, Integration - social cohesion, Daily life
External Url