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Stop hate crimes against transgender people

As part of this year’s Limerick Pride Festival, GOSHH (Gender Orientation Sexual Health HIV) are holding an information evening to highlight the number of hate crimes against transgender people in the Mid West. Also dealing with the issue on a countrywide basis, GOSH will offer support and information on how to report these incidents to the relevant authorities. The event, Hate Crimes – Support to Report will be held on Monday next at 6.30pm in the Absolute Hotel in Limerick. It is supported by the Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) and An Garda Síochána. TENI recently launched the STAD: Stop transphobia and Discrimination report, which documented 32 hate incidents, of which 15 were designated hate crimes. Eighty-eight percent of respondents experienced verbal abuse or insults, 28% experienced threats of violence, 19% experienced physical violence and 6% experienced sexual harassment. The event will highlight the report’s findings that transgender people face elevated levels of violence and discrimination in Ireland.

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Conway seeks extension of small area policing

Fine Gael Clare Senator and Seanad spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Disability, Martin Conway, has proposed the nationwide extension of the Small Areas Policing Programme currently operated by An Garda Síochána in Dublin. The Small Areas Policing Programme aims to put gardaí back in touch with the communities they serve by building relationships with local people, instead of just responding to crime after it happens. It currently operates in Dublin with great success since its inception five years ago. “I believe that this ‘back to basics’ programme, which reconnects the gardaí with the communities they serve represents a welcome return to the core essence of policing-community engagement. It represents an adherence to the fundamental mission of An Garda Síochána, which is to work with communities to protect and serve. In the course of an Adjournment Debate on this matter in the Seanad Senator Conway asked the Minister to consider the expansion of this programme to cover the whole country in …

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