Huge increase in racist behaviour in Ireland

The number of people targeted by racist behaviour has almost doubled over the last year, new figures have revealed.

The Immigrant Council of Ireland described the 85% rise in racist incidents as “stark”, with a fifth of attacks happening in the home or local community.

Chief executive Denise Charlton said while the figures that reflect the past 11 months are preliminary, the hike is still alarming.

“These initial findings show that racism can occur anywhere, people have been made victims in their own homes, at work, on the street and increasingly online,” Ms Charlton said.

“We will now carry out analysis of the figures to see why our current laws are not preventing racism and examine what procedures can be in put place, including a reformed reporting system.”

Some 142 racist incidents have been reported since January, compared with 77 over the same period last year.

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