Westmeath Footballer Says Hate Speech Is 'belittling'

Photo Credit: Twitter - Department of Justice and Equality

A new public consultation has been launched.

The Justice Minister says current laws to deal with hate speech are 'weak' and 'need to be updated'.

A new public consultation on hate speech was launched this morning looking to improve legislation around the issue.

Last week, Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said it would be 'useful' if new laws around hate crime were introduced.

Justice Minister and Laois Fine Gael TD Charlie Flanagan echoes that sentiment:

Meanwhile, a Westmeath footballer says hate speech can be 'belittling' but he's determined not to let it affect him.

Boidu Sayeh  was speaking at the launch of a new public consultation on hate speech laws.

He says he hasn't been racially abused on the pitch, but admits his friends have:

 

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