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Monday 20 November 2017

Embracing a rainbow society

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

A SERIES of thought-provoking messages and images will soon be displayed on public transport throughout the capital to help combat racism.

The idea behind the 'One City One People' initiative is to encourage people to see the similarities between people sometimes perceived as 'different'.

Yesterday, a driver with Bus Eireann said he had experienced "name-calling" but, on the whole, attitudes were improving.

Prince Noskahare (27), who moved to Ireland 10 years ago from Nigeria, said he tended to simply ignore any comments he perceived as racist.

"Most of them are good, it is just some," said the father-of-two, who now lives in Kilcock, Co Kildare.

Around 6pc of Bus Eireann's entire workforce is made up of immigrant workers. The public transport companies such as Veolia Luas, Dublin Bus, Bus Eireann, DART, Irish Rail and Dublin Bikes, which are key employers of immigrant workers, will all be taking part in the awareness campaign.

Declan Hayden, integration officer with Dublin City Council, said the initiative due to be officially launched tonight is the city "stating very firmly that Dublin says 'no' to racism and discrimination".

"We have people who are living in Dublin 10, 20 or 30 years who are more Irish and more Dublin than anyone else," he said.

Leaticia Njirima (28), who works in the customer-care call office with Veolia Luas, said there have been improvements in Ireland since she moved here five years ago from Malawi.

"Now you can see there are lots of people from different nationalities, so I can say, in that sense, things have changed," said Mrs Njirima.

She said people from other countries may experience racism in some instances while using public transport, but she had not directly been affected.

Irish Independent

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