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of racist assaults. Also, research has been done in other countries showing that in times of economic recession,racism increases and this is the first recession Ireland’s had since the dramatic increase in diversity that coincidedwith the Celtic tiger. Yet it’s the very time that the government has cut back on the monitoring of racist incidentsoutside of the gardai.“There’s no research being done but there are growing issues about the clustering of communities. We’re back ina reactive mode and there’s a lot of wringing of hands but no data is being collected so we don’t know if ToyosiShitta-bey’s killing is a one-off event or not. The government’s mindset is that the numbers [of immigrants] havedecreased so it’s no longer a public policy priority. But Ireland will remain a multicultural society now. It’s changedfor good.”TYRRELSTOWN is not nirvana. Located in the greater Blanchardstown area, about 15 kilometres from O’ConnellStreet, it is a monument to the high-density planning splurge of the boom years, which was decried by localcouncillor Ruth Coppinger when she called it “the Celtic tiger on steroids”.Huge numbers of houses costing around
230,000 were bought by investors and are let to tenants for about
1,000 a month. It is well maintained and there is a palpable pride of place. There is a Lidl and a Superquinn, abeauty salon, a solicitor’s office, a bookies, a pub, restaurant, chemist, newsagent, interiors shop and twoauctioneers.But aircraft climbing into the sky from the airport 10 minutes’ drive away drone overhead and there is no library.In shop windows, posters featuring Toyosi called his neighbours to yesterday’s march from the Garden of Remembrance to Leinster House, organised by the Toyosi Memorial Committee. Under the aspiration “never again”, it outlines the ambition to “ensure that this tragedy is turned to good by mobilising all ethnic groups towork together for a better society for us and for our children”.Ruth Lynch, the manager of the local pharmacy, says customers have been telling her they planned to attend themarch to show their solidarity. “Irish people are very embarrassed,” she said. “They don’t want to be associatedwith this. People are shocked. This never happened here before. “The poster sums up how people are feelingwhen it says ‘never again’. That’s what everyone’s hoping. Never, ever again.”
The ugly face of racism in IrelandZhao Liu Tao
, 29, a Chinese student, was the victim of the first recorded race-hatred killing in Ireland. He diedin Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, three days after being hit with a metal bar in January 2001. He had been subjectedto racist taunts by five youths aged 14 to 18 who had been drinking on waste ground in the Beaumont area. An18-year-old male was sentenced to four years’ detention, including two years suspended.
Leong Ly Min
, 50, a Vietnamese proprietor of the Phoenix Dragon takeaway in Tallaght, died in St James’sHospital, Dublin, in August 2002 after he was assulted in the Temple Bar area of Dublin city and left in a coma.His two assailants had shouted racist abuse during the attack.
, a French woman of Moroccan extraction, was assaulted outside her home in Cork city by twowomen shouting racist abuse. She was hospitalised for two weeks, suffers from anxiety, depression and epilepsyand will never have children as a result of the attack. She returned to France. The two women were eachsentenced in 2002 to three years in jail for the attack.
was on holidays with his wife when the Londoners were subjected to racist abuse andphysically attacked in Pearse Street, Dublin. He underwent protracted surgery and suffered serious blood loss.Describing it as “an extremely serious incident”, a judge sentenced a 21-year-old man from the inner city toseven-and-a-half years in jail. Other youths involved in the attack in 2000 were the first people to be convictedunder the Prohibition of Incitement to Hatred Act since it was enacted in 1989.
A 12-year-old boy
was called a “black bastard” by a school bus driver in September 2002 in County Louth. Thedriver was fined
300 and bound to the peace on being found guilty under the Prohibition of Incitement to HatredAct.
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