Friday 27 April 2018

'Go on back to India': Irish woman's racist abuse on train captured on video

Footage of racial abuse on a train was being sent to gardai, Irish Rail said
Footage of racial abuse on a train was being sent to gardai, Irish Rail said

Irish Rail chiefs have called in gardai after passengers were racially abused on a train.

The foul-mouthed incident was captured on video, which shows a middle-aged woman repeatedly attacking a group of people on the service from Limerick Colbert station to Limerick Junction on Easter Sunday.

From the footage, it appeared the woman had been angered after a bag was left on a seat.

One of the group can be heard addressing the fair-haired woman as an "old lady" before she launches a tirade of abuse.

"Sorry? What did you call me? Go away and f*** off back to India. F*** off," she said.

"Don't give me your f****** guff you f****** cheeky prick.

"Well get your bag off the seat. You didn't pay for four seats."

An eyewitness who filmed the incident and tried to intervene posted it on Twitter and said the group appeared to be tourists.

"The lady came from behind me and told one of the people in the group (quite rudely) to move one of the shopping bags. It was removed at once and she sat down," she said.

"The guy then said to her 'you don't have to say it like that you can just say please move your bag'. At this she began yelling. I felt bad for them. I spoke up and told her to stop being rude, but she just yelled back at me about the bag on the seat."

The witness said the incident lasted for 18 minutes and continued with further insults as the passengers moved off the seats and further down the train.

Other passengers who tried to intervene were also abused.

The woman can be heard shouting: "D'you see you? You're a disgrace, an absolute disgrace. Go on back to India you c***.

"Don't f*** with me at all, none of ye. Look at the ugly head on the other fellow, that's the only reason he's backing you up, because you're ugly.

"I'm telling ye, bring it on. Bring it on. I don't give a f*** about any of ye."

The witness added: "I recorded on and off for the duration as I didn't want her or the man with her to see me. Two men tried to stop her, to no avail."

A spokeswoman for Irish Rail said a customer alerted them to the incident using Twitter.

"It is a shocking and disgraceful incident. Any form of abuse of customers is intolerable, particularly discriminatory abuse," the spokeswoman said.

Irish Rail said the footage was being sent to gardai and officers appealed for a nyone with information to contact Henry Street Station in Limerick.

"The incident will have been deeply upsetting to those who were subject to abuse and those who witnessed it, and we are grateful to the customer who reported it to us and raised awareness of it," the Irish Rail spokeswoman added.

"Along with Transport for Ireland and other public transport providers, we work with the Immigrant Council of Ireland to counteract racist abuse and encourage reporting of any instances of abuse suffered by customers or employees."

Brian Killoran, chief executive of the Immigrant Council of Ireland, said: "It is harrowing watching this footage of people being aggressively abused because of their ethnic identity."

Mr Killoran said racial abuse on public transport is an issue and staff are often the victim.

"Evidence of this nature highlights the need for effective hate crime laws to more robustly tackle such unacceptable behaviour and work towards eradicating it from our society," he said.

Press Association

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