On Saturday February 16th, up to sixty people, including a number of éirígí activists, attended an anti-racist picket on the Camden Court Hotel in Dublin’s south city centre.
The event had been jointly organised by Anti Fascist Action Ireland and Dublin City Councillors Louise Minihan (éirígí) and Cieran Perry (Independent). The protest was called in response to recent anti-traveller comments made by a Donegal Fianna Fáil Councillor, Séan McEniff, who owns a share in the Camden Court Hotel.
The protest, which began at 2pm, attracted broad support from republicans, socialists, trade unionists, anti-fascists, Travellers and other progressives. A number of Dublin City Councillors including Louise Minihan, Cieran Perry, Damien O’Farrell and Mannix Flynn were also in attendance.
Cllr Mc Eniff’s comments have attracted widespread condemnation following the fire-bombing of a home in Donegal, which had been allocated to house a local Traveller family. It was clear at the protest that Irish anti-racists and anti-fascists were not going to allow such bigoted remarks and actions go unopposed.
Speaking from the protest, éirígí Dublin City Councillor Louise Minihan said, “The recent racist and deeply bigoted comments made by Fianna Fáil Councillor, Seán Mc Eniff are completely unacceptable.
“Today’s protest, organised at such short notice, has attracted a great crowd. People are very angry about the fire-bombing of an innocent family’s future home and at Cllr Mc Eniff’s well-documented anti-Traveller comments. Today’s picket shows that the people of Dublin are willing and able to stand up against racism and bigotry wherever it raises its ugly head.
“As socialist republicans, éirígí is committed to opposing racism in all its forms. We unreservedly condemn the recent fire-bombing in Donegal and McEniff’s racist comments. Such comments would be more at home in Nazi Germany than Ireland in the 21st century. We also extend our solidarity to Irish Travellers and other minorities who have been the victim of mindless acts of racism. éirígí encourages anyone who is the victim of a racist attack to get in touch with Anti Fascist Action or other anti-racism groups.”
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