first_imgAnti- Racist Councillors in Dublin have added their voices to the condemnation of a Donegal Fianna Fail councillor for ‘racist’ comments made against Travellers – ahead of a protest on Saturday.The widely publicised views expressed by Cllr Sean McEniff were followed by a malicious arson attack on a Council house allocated to an overcrowded Donegal traveller family. Protestors are to gather outside a hotel partly owned by Mr McEniff tomorrow.Cllr Cieran Perry (Independent, Dublin City Council) said tonight “The deplorable comments made by Cllr McEniff created an atmosphere where cowardly thugs believe it is acceptable to burn a travellers home. This Irish form of racism is unacceptable. “We feel it is important for elected representatives to express our abhorrence of the views expressed by Cllr McEniff and also Cllr Eugene Dolan of Fine Gael. This is not a local matter for Donegal, it is an important national issue.”Cllr Louise Minihan (eirigi, Dublin City Council) said: “We are not living in Alabama in the 1950s, but it is clear some people wish we were. Cllr McEniff’s views must be clearly rejected by all decent public representatives. It is little wonder politicians are held in low esteem by the public if a small few pander to ignorant racism and prejudice in this way.”Hannagh McGinley, a Traveler Rights Activist, said: “The Travelling community is one of the most socially marginalised and economically disadvantaged section of Irish society, and the unacceptable comments of both Cllr McEniff and Cllr. Dolan encourage further discrimination against our people. Elected councilors have a responsibility to represent all sections of their constituency.”Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig, Community Activist in Donegal said he will travel to Dublin for the protest. “This is the most recent episode in a drama of racism. prejudice and exclusion, in which public representatives played leading roles. Cllr. McEniff’s and Town Cllr. Dolan’s racist statements regarding the Traveller community clearly inflamed the situation. I believe they have a case to answer in relation to incitement to hatred. The traveller groups in Donegal have expressed support for the protest.”The group Anti-Fascist Action is co-ordinating a picket to be held on Saturday 16th February at 2pm at the Camden Court Hotel in Dublin, a property owned by Cllr McEniff.AFA spokeperson Joanne Tobin said: ‘This Cllr McEniff condemned the arson attack, but without any recognition of the consequences of his racist statements. Hate Speech leads to Hate Acts. We have been contacted by dozens of people from community, anti-racist and political groups throughout the country who are very angry and want to make their views clear to Cllr McEniff.”She added: “The organisers of the picket wish to make it clear that they have no argument with the staff of the Camden Court Hotel and that no animosity should be directed at them. Our protest is directed at Cllr Sean McEniff.” DUBLIN COUNCILLORS CONDEMN CLLR McENIFF AS PROTEST PLANNED AT HOTEL was last modified: February 15th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DUBLIN COUNCILLORS CONDEMN CLLR McENIFF AS PROTEST PLANNED AT HOTELlast_img

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