Adam Reynolds writes:
Ireland not doing so hot based on these surveys…
Barnardos Square, Dublin 2
Representatives from: Dublin Bus, Iarnród Éireann, Bus Éireann, Transdev, Local Link bus services and the taxi industry at the launch of Europe’s largest national transport anti-racism campaign.
A giant sample of the creative used in the advertising campaign “We’re all made of the same stuff” was displayed on the side of the Dublin City Council building in Barnardos Square.
Above (far right) Brian Killoran, CEO of the Immigrant Council of Ireland and (far Left) Anne Graham, CEO, National Transport Authority.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran is gravely concerned about the high rate of racial discrimination, related intolerance and racial profiling, especially against Muslim people and people of African origin in Ireland.”
“We know the measures taken by Irish government to address these human rights however we share the Committee on the Rights of the Child’s concerns regarding the state of health of children in single-parent families, children in poverty, Travellers, Roma children is significantly worse than the national average.”
“Therefore we would like to make the following recommendation to Ireland: to put in place a robust mechanism in order put an end to racism, discrimination and related intolerance, especially against Muslim people and people of African origin…”
A representative from the Islamic Republic of Iran speaking at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva this afternoon.
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— Mariaam Bhatti (@bmariaam) May 11, 2016
A Syria-born man (above), who does not wish to be identified, has been living in Ireland for 13 years and was recently reunited with his wife and son when they moved here under a Government reunification scheme.
The man has a business in Cork and is now an Irish citizen.
He spoke with journalist Brian O’Connell on RTÉ Radio One’s Today with Seán O’Rourke yesterday.
He said since his wife arrived, she has been subjected to harassment and abuse and that she hasn’t left her house in several weeks.
“My wife, she says, “if I’m dying in Syria better than being like this situation by racism”. It’s very, very hard for her. She miscarried last week from this. They knock on the door every time, they frighten her, they shout at her when I am not at home, they shout in [through] the door, they throw rocks.”
“Last week, she miscarried from this situation, she was pregnant, you know. She was only five weeks’ pregnant…[After living in Ireland for 13 years] I have had too many [such experiences] but now it’s getting worse… because my [Muslim] wife she has a veil. In this area, I think, they’re not used to see something like this because it’s, I don’t know, strange for them. That’s why it’s so hard, they keep staring at her.”
….Every two or three days, they throw rubbish in my garden, say very bad words to me, very, very bad words. And one neighbour he told me, “Go home to your country, you’re rats, you this, you that”. I don’t want to say it on the radio….”
One of Syrians I featured this am has fluent English (as well as Arabic) – plus IT skills. Any companies in Cork need her skills set?
— Brian O’Connell (@oconnellbrian) September 2, 2015
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