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Xenophobic Rhetoric

Xenophobic Rhetoric

Widespread xenophobic sentiments have been noted among the Irish police. A report published on August 1st reveals that victims of racism are reluctant to notify the police of the crimes they suffered, and, that a majority of those victims interviewed characterised their encounter with the police as negative. Negative responses by Gardai to reports of racist crimes have been found to include the misidentification of racist incidents, to Garda actively refusing to take statements from victims of racism.

One of Irish political parties also made xenophobic statements. During local Irish elections, the radical nationalist party "Fianna Fail" was heavily criticized for issuing racist pamphlets opposing the placement of nomads in the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown.

Candidates from the Fine Gael party made calls against Roma and other Travellers during their electoral campaign to the European Parliament. There have been xenophobic statements on the social media. A Facebook group was created to expel “gypsy criminals”, proposing to “burn the cockroaches”.

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