ALMOST a fifth of people responsible for racial abuse are children, alarming figures have revealed.
An end-of-year report from the Immigrant Council of Ireland showed 144 racist incidents were recorded throughout 2013 -- up 85pc from the year before.
Council boss Denise Charlton said the involvement of children -- as perpetrators and victims -- was particularly concerning.
The report showed 17pc of perpetrators behind the racism recorded in 2013 were under 18, while 8pc of victims were children. The youngest reported victim of racial abuse was three years old. Ms Charlton called on schools to produce and implement an anti-bullying policy in a bid to prevent racism.