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Saturday 24 February 2018

A fifth of racist abuse 'is on public transport'

Transport workers have reported almost daily incidents of racist abuse in the work place. Stock Image
Transport workers have reported almost daily incidents of racist abuse in the work place. Stock Image

Gavin White

The Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI) has said 20pc of racist incidents happen in public transport settings as a new campaign has been launched to tackle the issue.

"It's one of the most public places we have, and because of that it's not immune," Brian Killoran, CEO of the ICI, said.

Transport workers have reported almost daily incidents of racist abuse in the work place.

"Whether it's against the staff, who are much more diverse than they were 15 years ago, or members of the public," it exists," Mr Killoran said.

The type varies from verbal up to serious physical assaults.

"If someone is getting verbally abused, even on a weekly basis, that has an impact on someone's consciousness and their ability to feel at home," he said.

Mr Killoran said there is still a "massive issue" with under reporting from the public.

"It's across the board, it can happen in affluent areas or non-affluent areas," he said.

Revenue Protection Officer for the Luas Sammy Akorede, who moved from Nigeria to Ireland 17 years ago, said he was a victim of abuse "daily".

"It affects us greatly. It happens every day, we've got a pretty open system so if someone has abused you, the person can just get off at the next stop," he said. "There is no way to rationalise how to get over it. You're at your place of work, you've left your wife and kids to go to work only to get abused."

Anne Graham, chief executive of Transport for Ireland, said the Immigrant Council contacted it to see if they would work together.

"We want to bring to the public's attention that there still are incidences of racism on public transport," she said.

Irish Independent

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