Ireland has ‘worrying pattern’ of racism, head of EU agency warns

A third of those surveyed in Ireland reported discrimination because of skin colour

Naomi Nene, a pupil at CBS Dundalk, who participated in the annual Show Racism the Red Card event. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Naomi Nene, a pupil at CBS Dundalk, who participated in the annual Show Racism the Red Card event. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ireland has a disturbing problem with racism and discrimination against migrants that must be meaningfully debated, the head of the European Union’s human rights agency has warned.

Michael O’Flaherty, director of the Vienna-based EU Fundamental Rights Agency, said a four-year review of attitudes had found “worrying patterns” of behaviour.

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