Anti-Irish racism is rife in Scotland

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Show Racism the Red Card has urged for abuse to be reported to the police

26th September 2017 by Gareth Jones 2 Comments

Anti-Irish racism is rife in Scotland, a charity has claimed.

Show Racism the Red Card has said that more than half of Irish people have experienced anti-Irish sentiment.

In a study of 513 Irish people in Scotland, 56% said they had experienced the abuse and six in 10 said that they had witnessed anti-Irish racism.

Of those targeted, 20% of participants indicated that they found the incident extremely stressful; 45% found the incident stressful and 34% did not find the incident stressful.

Of those who had experienced abuse, 93% said they had reported the incident to police, and a spokesman for Show Racism the Red Card urged abuse to be treated as a crime.

Examples of anti-Irish abuse directed at those questioned

“I was threatened by a participant from an Orange Walk that I would get my throat cut.”

“Been referred to as filth. A member of the "manky mob" by a manager at work.”

“Casual anti-Irish racism on a weekly basis on building sites.”

“Had my windows smashed because of Happy St Patrick’s day banner.”

“Singing songs about “why don’t you go home?”. It wasn’t at a football match. It was on the street. I wasn’t going to football. I rarely do.”

“We urge everyone to report racism to Police Scotland when they witness or experience it,” a spokesman said.

“Moreover, incidents range from implicit casual racism to direct threats, verbal and physical abuse.

“Anti-Irish racism within a Scottish context needs to be addressed and Show Racism the Red Card will seek out funding in order to develop and deliver anti-Irish racism education in order to create a fairer Scotland for all.”

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26th September 2017 by kertur

why only the concern now? This has been rife in scotland for more than 150yrs at least. we all know the breeding areas, ibrox and orange lodges.

26th September 2017 by G

This is good news and I hope it will offer help and support to those of us that are Irish, either by birth or kinship. My family and I suffered anti-Irish discrimination, racism and sectarianism at the hands of members of the public AND the police. As a result we moved away earlier this year and I rarely venture out of our new home. As I said, this is good news but it has come to late for my family and me.