Tackling sectarianism

Report by Dr Duncan Morrow published

Recommendations on further action to tackle sectarianism have been welcomed by the Scottish Government.

Dr Duncan Morrow has published his report ‘Review of the Implementation of the Recommendations of the Advisory Group on Tackling Sectarianism in Scotland’, following the group’s final report in 2015.

His recommendations include sharing of best practice across the relevant authorities, greater community involvement and a commitment to tackling the issue as part of equalities education in schools.

Community Safety Minister Annabelle Ewing said:

“It is very clear from Dr Morrow’s report that work remains to be done in eradicating sectarianism from sections of our society.

“Considerable work has been taken forward over the past few years and I am very pleased to note that some progress has been made since the final report by the Advisory Group, but more needs to be done.

“The Scottish Government cannot eradicate sectarianism in isolation and while we are committed to taking forward the recommendations that are for us, we must also continue to work with local authorities, the third sector, community groups, football clubs and more to foster a Scotland where sectarianism is consigned to history.

“Together we can nurture a modern nation that isn’t weighed down by the prejudices of the past. I will now carefully consider Dr Morrow’s report and respond in due course.”


Review of the Implementation of the Recommendations of the Advisory Group on Tackling Sectarianism in Scotland.

Dr Duncan Morrow is Director of Community Engagement at the University of Ulster and former Chair of the Advisory Group on Tackling Sectarianism, Scottish Government, 2013-15.

He is responsible for developing the University’s partnerships with groups and organisations across the community and he established the Understanding Conflict Trust, which was initially designed to lead and facilitate difficult dialogue and conversation around issues of history, politics and conflict and to identify practical steps to promote change. 

He was most recently appointed as Chairman of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Tackling Sectarianism, Scottish Government, 2013-15.

The was composed of Dr Duncan Morrow (Chair), Dr Cecelia Clegg, Ms Margaret Lynch, Rev Ian Galloway and Dr Michael Rosie and supported the Scottish Government to more clearly evidence the nature and extent of sectarianism in Scotland, and develop policy to tackle it. The Advisory Group published its conclusions on 29 May 2015.


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