A New Umbrella group of public figures and various social justice groups have launched as ‘Le Chéile’ as part of efforts to combat the rise of the far-right in Ireland.
The alliance has already been campaigning under the slogan of #DiversityNotDivision but today formally launched alongside a number of left-wing politicians.
The alliance is made up of a number of social justice organisations, several which were involved in the Repeal the 8th movement, as well as various anti-racism groups.
Public figures including Christy Moore, Damien Dempsey and Vincent Browne are among those who have also lent their support to the campaign.
Far-right organisations have been present at a number of anti-lockdown demonstrations in recent months, at least one of which ended in violence and a garda investigation into the alleged assault of a counter-protester
Le Chéile’s Ailbhe Smith says the primary aim of the group is to “discuss, talk about, raise awareness and educate” about the issues that far-right elements use to grow support.
She says many people who attend far-right rallies get caught up in something they’re not fully aware of.
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