Keep the compassion
Sir - George Hook (Sunday Independent, 22 November), on refugees and links between terrorism and Islamic faith, made brief reference to a report "that accused the Irish of being racist towards Africans", and that "increasingly, we are being coerced into thinking that somehow we are not generous, tolerant and forgiving".
For the most part we are a tolerant nation.
Far-right organisations never gained traction here, yet it was obvious from online comments there is growing intolerance towards asylum seekers. Some expressed genuine fears, while others, plain old xenophobia.