Minister Joe O’Brien announces the appointment of the Special Rapporteur for the National Action Plan Against Racism.​

The establishment of the Advisory Group on Racism and Racial Equality and the launch of the Ireland Against Racism Fund 2024 also announced.

• The National Action Plan Against Racism (NAPAR) was finalised by an independent Anti-Racism Committee in 2023.

• Key actions of the NAPAR were the creation of an independent Advisory Committee on Racism and Racial Equality, the appointment of a NAPAR Special Rapporteur and the establishment of the Ireland Against Racism Fund.

The Minister of State for Community Development, Integration and Charities, Joe O’Brien, has today announced the appointment of Dr Ebun Joseph as the National Action Plan Against Racism Special Rapporteur. Dr Ebun Joseph is a Diversity and Race relations consultant, CEO and Founder of the Institute of Antiracism and Black Studies (IABS), Module Coordinator and Lecturer, Black Studies at University College Dublin (UCD), and founder & Chairperson, African Scholars Association Ireland, AFSAI (2018-2022

In her role as Special Rapporteur, Dr Joseph will monitor progress towards the objectives of the NAPAR. The Special Rapporteur may also consider matters pertaining to racial equality more broadly, and will have the authority to request information and data from public bodies to support them in carrying out the role. The Special Rapporteur will make an annual report to the Minister; this report will also be submitted to the relevant Oireachtas Committee.

In conjunction with the announcement of the Special Rapporteur appointment, Minister O’Brien also announced the establishment of the Advisory Committee on Racism and Racial Equality, with membership from a cross section of society. The NAPAR proposes actions to help make Ireland a place in which the impacts of racism are fully acknowledged and actively addressed. This Committee is tasked with monitoring and helping to progress the implementation of the National Action Plan Against Racism (NAPAR) 2023-2027. The Special Rapporteur, Dr Ebun Joseph will chair the Advisory Committee on Racial Equality and Racism.