A letter from Roger Casements GAA Coventry to GAA HQ. Currently racial abuse in the GAA is seen as a Category IV offence – a minimum of 8 weeks suspension – whereas threatening language towards a referee is a Category V offence – receiving a minimum of 12 weeks suspension in all codes and at all levels
Neil Webb writes:
Roger Casements GAA Coventry are attempting to get the GAA to change their punishment and discipline process for racial abuse.
[Currently racial abuse in the GAA is seen as a Category IV offence whereas threatening language towards a referee is a Category V offence – receiving a minimum of 12 weeks suspension in all codes and at all levels.]
We think in this day and age it is unacceptable that the GAA takes such a lenient line on racism with a minimum of a mere 8 weeks considered appropriate punishment for such a disgusting and heinous act.
Roger Casements GAA Coventry
Greystones, County Wicklow.
From top: Hot Press 2019 Annual; instagram post from 2017
…Yesterday, I read many powerful testimonies about the impact of racism, both overt and casual. It is something that has no place in any civilised society and I have no hesitation in condemning it in every respect. Unequivocally, black lives, and how they are lived, whether in Ireland or across the world, matter deeply. Never for a second, in my entire life, have I felt anything different.
However, on the basis of the feelings of genuine hurt it has aroused, then I clearly got it wrong in the original opinion piece – for which I apologise.
In particular, the article – and the Hot Press cover story on [Ringsend rap duo] Versatile back in 2018 – were both published long before a photo was brought to our attention of a member of Versatile at a party dressed in blackface, alongside someone clearly posing as Eazy-E of NWA – the photo was taken before they started to become a phenomenon.
Whatever way you look at it, the photograph puts accusations of racism in Versatile’s lyrics into a very different light. Clearly they do have a case to answer.
If we been aware of that photograph, would my opinion piece have been written in the same way in 2019? No.
Stuart Clark, deputy editor of Hot Press [more at link below]
Versatile: An Apology by Stuart Clark (Hot Press)
Versatile: Are They Racist And Misogynistic? (Hot Press, August 9, 2019)
Previously: Straight Outta Conleth’s
Adam Reynolds writes:
Ireland not doing so hot based on these surveys…
People of African descent face ‘dire picture’ of racism in EU (The Guardian)
Central Plaza, Dame Street, Dublin 2.
Garry McNulty writes:
The woman is shouting: ‘All non-nationals out, it’s our own that should be working’
Thanks James Chimney
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.
“Stand by the victim.”
A PSA from UK advocacy group Racial Justice Network, on ways to to counter racism.
Racist attacks in the UK have reportedly risen post-Brexit.
Racial Justice Network
In the Dáil this afternoon.