Taoiseach Michéal Martin addressed a virtual commemoration in the Mansion House, Dublin on 24th January to mark National Holocaust Memorial Day.
Mr Martin said that education is an “important tool” in strengthening and deepening the collective understanding of the events of the Holocaust, and maintained that the country is continually committed to combating antisemitism.
The two remaining Holocaust survivors in Ireland, Tomi Reichental and Suzi Diamond, also addressed the event, which was organised by the Holocaust Education Trust Ireland. Mr Martin stated that the value of sharing their personal experiences and their continual efforts to raise awareness is “incalculable”.
The Irish Prime Minister also noted that last June the Government appointed a specific anti-racism committee with a mandate to construct and develop a new national action plan, and he maintained that the fight against rising rates of antisemitism in Europe must be “sustained” to account for growing technologies and platforms that provide new opportunities for “old hate and prejudice”.