Ireland regularly submits hate crime data to ODIHR. Ireland's annual hate crime statistics can be accessed here.
The Diversity and Integration Strategy 2019-2021 of the National Police Force addresses the police response to hate crime. The Strategy's implementation is monitored by the National Diversity Forum, established in 2020 and comprising civil society and community groups. The police works also closely with civil society to address hate crimes targeting Roma and Travellers, migrants and LGBTI persons, as well as in relation to hate crime training and hate crime investigations.
In July 2021, the Garda launched an online hate crime reporting system. In February 2020, Ireland co-organized with ODIHR and the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights a workshop on understanding and improving hate crime recording and data collection. Based on ODIHR's Information Against Hate Crimes Toolkit (INFAHCT) programme, the workshop resulted in a number of recommendations for relevant state authorities.
In April 2022, the Garda took part in ODIHR’s Online Training on Sensitive and Respectful Treatment of Hate Crime Victims. Also in 2022, a comprehensive and mandatory Online Hate Crime Training Programme for Garda officers was launched.
|Year||Hate crimes recorded by police||Prosecuted||Sentenced|
|2022||628||Not available||Not available|
|2021||448||Not available||Not available|
|2020||Not available||Not available||Not available|
|2019||251||Not available||Not available|
|2018||368||Not available||Not available|
|2017||Not available||Not available||Not available|
|2016||Not available||Not available||Not available|
|2015||Not available||Not available||Not available|
|2014||53||Not available||Not available|
|2012||119||Not available||Not available|
|2011||162||Not available||Not available|
|2010||142||Not available||Not available|
|2009||164||Not available||Not available|
About 2022 Data
There is no information on the number of prosecuted or sentenced hate crimes as there is currently no hate crime legislation on the basis of which hate crimes could be monitored within the judiciary.
Hate crime recorded by police
The total figures included in the breakdown below is different from the overall number given in the official data table above. This is because i) ten incidents included in the overall number were recorded under historic categories, which are no longer used for the purpose of recording hate crime by the Garda, and ii) non-crime hate incidents are excluded as they fall outside of the OSCE's hate crime definition.
ODIHR recognizes Ireland's efforts to enhance the capacity of law enforcement to identify, record and investigate hate crime. However, based on the available information, it observes that Ireland has not reported data on hate crimes recorded by the prosecution or judiciary to ODIHR. In addition, ODIHR observes that Ireland would benefit from reviewing its existing legal framework to ensure that bias motivations can be effectively acknowledged and appropriate penalties can be imposed on the perpetrators.
ODIHR recalls that in Ministerial Council Decision 9/09, OSCE participating States committed to collecting reliable data and statistics in sufficient detail on hate crimes and to reporting such information periodically to ODIHR. Participating States also committed to enacting specific, tailored legislation to combat hate crimes, providing for effective penalties that take into account the gravity of such crimes. ODIHR stands ready to support Ireland in meeting its relevant commitments through the provision of its comprehensive resources and tailored assistance in the area of hate crime recording and data collection, as well as by providing further legislative guidance and advice.