Anti-racism Election Protocol 2019

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At 9am on Thursday, 21st March this year, Senator Colette Kelleher will host the re-launch of ENAR Ireland’s Anti-Racism Election Protocol in the AV Room in Leinster House. The launch is being held on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which this year focuses on mitigating and countering rising nationalist populism and extreme supremacist ideologies. It has particular relevance in the context of the increase in racist discourse and the rise of xenophobic populism in Ireland and globally. We hope with this protocol to help keep the May 24 local and European elections free from the kind of toxic discourse that misinforms voters and debases political debate.

The Anti-Racism Election Protocol has played an important role since 2001 in ensuring that elections have been conducted in such a way that they do not incite hatred or prejudice on the grounds of ‘race’, colour, nationality or ethnic or national origin, religious belief and membership of the Traveller Community.

Political parties that have previously endorsed the Protocol included: Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin, Labour, Solidarity-PBP, the Green Party and the Workers’ Party. Many independents and individual candidates have signed it too.

The European Network Against Racism (ENAR) Ireland is inviting political representatives to demonstrate and renew their commitment to anti-racism by signing this updated declaration as an indication of their support and endorsement of the Protocol.



As a candidate/authorised rep of a political party in the 2019 local and European elections, I agree:

  • To send a consistent and clear message to my constituents that I reject racism and all forms of discrimination and hate speech.
  • To condemn any campaign materials or statements that may incite hatred or express prejudice on the grounds of ‘race’, colour, nationality or origin, ethnic background, religious belief, or membership of the Traveller Community.
  • To guarantee that when engaging in ongoing debate in relation to groups which are the potential targets of racism, including asylum seekers, refugees, migrants, people of African or Asian origin, people of Jewish faith, Muslims, Roma and Travellers, my contribution to such debate is conducted in a responsible way and with respect for the dignity and rights of all members of the human race.
  • To use appropriate and inclusive language and words when referring to people of different ethnic and religious backgrounds, in order to avoid stereotyping, prejudice or confusion.
  • To endeavour to use images in my election material that reflects the diversity of our society.
  • To inform all of my political campaigners about the intent and contents of this Protocol.
  • To inform my/our constituents that I have signed up to this Protocol and endorse the No Hate Speech Movement.

How to endorse the Anti-racism Election Protocol 2019

To sign up, please follow 5 these steps:

  1. Download and read the Protocol here.
  2. Send an email from your Party General Secretary/ authorised person confirming that you are endorsing the protocol to Please note we do not need the signed copy of the protocol – email confirmation is sufficient.
  3. Attach your logo (hi-res version preferably).
  4. Circulate the signed Protocol among your party members and canvassers informing them that the party has signed it.
  5. Display the signed protocol on your website and social media with a hashtag #AREP19 to inform the public you/your Party is committed to anti-racism.
Anti-racism Election Protocol 2019

Click to download the Anti-racism Election Protocol 2019

What happens next?

The Anti-racism Election Protocol 2019 launch will take a place at 9am on Thursday, 21st March in the AV Room in Leinster House.  During the event, all the Endorsers will be photographed with a giant version of the protocol on behalf of your party. For invitations please contact the office of Senator Colette Kelleher by emailing

We will publicise the photos widely via our Network of nearly 90 civil society organisations and in the media.

We are also encouraging constituents to ask canvassing politicians if they have committed to the Anti-racism Election Protocol 2019. It will really stand to your Political Party or you as an  Individual/Independent Candidate at the doors when canvassing.

All endorsers (Political Parties or Individual/Independent Candidates) and their logos (where applicable) will be displayed below on this page in a due course.


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