ARC Statement
Date:1998 c.
Organisation: Anti-Racism Campaign
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Commentary From The Cedar Lounge Revolution

8th January 2024

Many thanks to the person who forwarded this to the Archive.

ARC was founded in 1997 by members of the Workers’ Solidarity Movement and the Socialist Party. As the document notes:

The anti-racist campaign is an open and democratic alliance of people who came together to combat the anti-refugee and anti-immigrant hysteria initiated and encouraged by politicians and the media. We support equal rights for refugees and immigrants; work, welfare, housing and entry into Ireland. We also oppose the racist treatment that has been experienced by travellers (an Irish ethnic minority).


We are NOT a charity but it is the aim of the ARC to empower people to help themselves.

The accompanying fact sheet notes that ‘incorrect numbers for the amount of refugees and asylum seekers have been floating around in the media’. And it states that in 1997 there just 3,500 refugees and asylum seekers being engaged with by the Irish Refugee Council (it also notes that state support was withdrawn from the IRC that year). And the piece also looks at rights of refugees and asylum seekers and refugees and housing.

Any other documents from the ARC would be very welcome additions to the Archive.


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