The report shows that the far-right movement in Ireland is on the rise

A group set up to combat extremism around the world claims there is growing support for far right movements in Ireland.

The Global Project Against Hate and Extremism (GPAHE) has compiled a report profiling 12 “hateful and extremist groups” in Ireland.

The report claims that support for far-right groups has increased in recent years in response to a range of issues, including gay rights, immigration and increased access to abortion.

Many of the extremist groups, the report said, also received support during the pandemic by spreading conspiracy theories and anti-lockdown protests.

“Similar to the US and other parts of the world, there is a worrying trend in Ireland where white nationalist, anti-LGBTQ+, anti-immigrant and anti-lockdown groups appear to be converging, mirroring each other’s hateful rhetoric” , said Heidi Beirich, co-founder of GPAHE.

“One of the scariest things about this convergence is that they are able to continue spreading their extremist messages and attracting more people to their movements. Unfortunately, we expect the extreme right to continue to grow in Ireland.”

GPAHE was formed in 2020 against the growth of far-right movements in the US, but the group is now focused on other parts of the world.

Of the 12 groups identified in the Ireland report, eight are categorized as anti-immigrants, four as white nationalists, and eight as anti-LGBTQ+ or specifically anti-transgender. Five of the groups are also accused of being involved in spreading conspiracy theories.

The report indicates that there has been communication and coordination between the groups and that some are actively collaborating with other groups in Europe.

“Far-right movements inspire terrorism, mass killings and law enforcement around the world, and the diverse movements are increasingly interconnected,” said Wendy Via, co-founder and president of GPAHE. The report shows that the far-right movement in Ireland is on the rise

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