Northern Irish attempts to define sectarian chanting in law fails
A bid to define sectarian chanting in law by Northern Irish politicians has been defeated in the Stormont Assembly.
It comes after inappropriate behaviour by Northern Ireland football fans in Dublin hit the headlines. Plans to ban alcohol at stadiums and other sporting venues were also thrown out
Justice Minister David Ford expressed disappointment and said: “I believe that these proposals would have been supported by the sporting codes and the vast majority of fans and I’m disappointed that the Assembly has not taken the opportunity to support this part of the Bill.”
However, he welcomed the progress made in moving a step closer to delivering a Justice Bill – a commitment laid out in the terms of the Hillsborough Agreement.
“This is a considerable piece of legislation which is fundamental to the agenda of reshaping the justice system and building safer, shared communities with lower levels of crime,” he added.
“The provisions reach into every part of the criminal justice system and will make a real difference for victims and deliver a more effective justice system.”