I want to add that this has proved to be a flashpoint and a source of aggro on p.ie among users and other users . I have already apologised to two or three members for ripping lumps and being insulting as its an issue I feel strongly about so I will need to be reminded to play the ball and not the man perhaps!
It would occur to me that we have an issue with racism in Ireland and this needs to be addressed. Groups like Stormfront need to be investigated and a no nonsense approach to be taken. I know people may scream free speech and other assorted items but let me remind people free speech is not there to insult people nor to incite hatred.A report by the Immigrant Council of Ireland has shown that we have an issue with racisim in Ireland. The following quote
Just to add at a League of Ireland ground I have heard racist chants towards players (not from Pats fans but other fans) and I have seen it myself on the Luas towards the ticket inspectors. New legislation is needed to stamp it out. Perhaps make it automatically to be seen to incite hatred?Focus groups were held with African bus-drivers, Luas revenue protection officers from a variety of ethnic backgrounds and Asian healthcare workers, all of whom had lived in Ireland for between six and ten years.
Many of those participating in the focus groups were naturalised Irish citizens.
The vast majority had experience of racist incidents, varying from long-term harassment and violent assault to anti-social behaviour that resulted in victims having to flee their homes.