Ministers reaffirm commitment to Racial Equality Strategy

Date published: 15 September 2020

Junior Ministers Gordon Lyons and Declan Kearney have reiterated their commitment to the Racial Equality Strategy.

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Speaking after an Assembly motion on the issue, Junior Minister Declan Kearney said: “It is quite right that there is ongoing scrutiny of the Racial Equality Strategy, both in the Assembly Chamber and across society. It is also timely that we are talking about this during Good Relations week.

“At the midway point of the Executive’s Racial Equality Strategy 2015 – 2025, we recognise the need to continue our efforts across government and wider society to tackle racism and racial inequality.

“We remain committed to the implementation of the Racial Equality Strategy and welcome the ongoing support and advice from the sector as we continue to take this important work forward.” 

Junior Minister Gordon Lyons added: “A lot of work has taken place to tackle racial inequality, but there is still much to do. The message of zero tolerance for racism, while obvious, needs to be repeated.  Support for our minority ethnic community needs to be underlined.

“We are all aiming for a society that promotes inclusivity while celebrating diversity. Understandably, there is frustration with the pace of progress in some areas. But this is an effort that goes far beyond government and statutory organisations. Each and every one of us has a responsibility to play our part in combating racism and promoting racial justice and creating a society in Northern Ireland that everyone feels welcome and part of.”

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