Ciara Kenny

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Cartoon of jigging Irish nurses: ‘Racist’ or funny?

Irish Facebook group considering complaint over cartoon in The West Australian

Tue, Aug 12, 2014, 16:30


The Irish People Living in Australia Facebook group are considering an official complaint to the Australian Press Council over a cartoon published in The West Australian newspaper yesterday depicting Irish nurses dancing with a leprechaun at the bedside of two patients at an Australian hospital.

Here’s the email they sent to the editor of the newspaper this morning:


And here’s the response they claim to have received from the cartoonist Dean Alston minutes later:


What do you think? Is the cartoon “racist”, as the IPLA administrators believe, or is it funny?

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