Racism and Discrimination violate a person's human rights. The Irish Government is committed to tackling racism and discrimination and creating a more tolerant and inclusive society. However, tackling racism and promoting diversity is not just the responsibility of Government. Everybody in Irish society, including individuals, organisations, businesses, Governmental and non- Governmental Organisations have a responsibility to address racism and its impact on the people who experience it.
If you experience or witness racism or racial discrimination there is a number of things you can do.
- Report racist behaviour, abuse, hate speech to the Garda Síochána
- Contact the Crime Victims helpline
- Contact the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and/or Workplace Relations (discrimination in employment and supply of goods and services)
- File a report with iReport.ie (operated by ENAR Ireland)
- Contact the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland if you want to report racist or xenophobic content on TV or Radio
- Contact the Press Council/Press Ombudsman if you want to report racist or xenophoboic content in print media
- Contact the Office for Internet Safety if you find racist or xenophobic material online
- Contact your local authority to report racist graffiti and have it removed
- The website of the Irish branch of the European Network Against Racism - ENAR Ireland - also provides a lot of information on what to do if you encounter racism either as a victim or a witness.
For more information about human rights in Ireland can be found on the website of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission: https://www.ihrec.ie/your-rights/