People of colour in Ireland: Share your experiences and views

Have you experienced racism? And what do you think needs to be done to make Ireland a more inclusive society?

The Black Lives Matter protest outside the US Embassy in Ballsbridge, Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The Black Lives Matter protest outside the US Embassy in Ballsbridge, Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

 

The killing of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis has prompted protests against racism around the world, including in Ireland. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that“even though we may not have police brutality in Ireland … We do have racism.” Young people of colour growing up in Ireland were “not treated always as though they are as Irish as the rest of us,” he said. “Black lives matter, but also black feelings matter too.”

He said the next government should focus on “rooting out” racism, and look at why the country did not have higher proportions of ethnic minorities in senior positions. “We don’t see many black or brown judges, or in the Dáil I’m the only one I think at the moment, don’t see many presenters on TV for example, and that needs to change,” he said.

The Irish Times would like to hear from black people and people of colour in Ireland about their personal experiences of growing up, living and working in this country, and your experiences of identity and racism. We would also like to hear your views on what needs to be done to make Ireland a more inclusive society.

People of colour in Ireland: Share your experiences and views

You can share your stories and views using this form. A photograph is optional.

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