Today, Thursday, 23rd of March 2017, we witness the opening salvo of an attack on both the Irish Constitution and Justice system. A motley collection of NGO’s, TD’s and “interested parties” (17 separate NGO’s are part of the official campaign, but numerous more individuals and organisations are presenting) making up the National Steering Group Against Hate Crime, a “hearing” in advance of introduction of the “hate crime” Bill at the Dail level. Which at this point, passage can be seen as a formality, as with “Traveller ethnicity bill” which went unopposed through same process. All Bills such as this have an arranged passage and the whip system will ensure no dissent is brooked. Though contacting your local TD is a worthwhile measure, as always.