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Anti-immigration graffiti spreading

RACIST messages have appeared on hoarding beside a busy Dublin dual carriageway.

The messages contain a symbol that has appeared beside other anti-Semitic graffiti found across Dublin over the last 12 months.

In the latest outburst, the message: “Feel like a stranger in your own country?” was written on hoarding at Newlands Cross.

“2050 = The Irish a minority in their own country,” another message, written in block capitals, on the hoarding said.

Both statements were painted in white on a stretch of green hoarding beside the busy N7 road, near the Bewley’s Hotel.

The hoarding protects a large greenfield site, which was touted as a possible location for the new children’s hospital.

The Anglo Irish Bank loan used by developer Noel Smyth to buy the land for more than €20m is now in Nama.

The messages contain the same symbol — a square inside a circle connected by four points — as has appeared beside other messages that have been plastered across Dublin over the last year.

This February similar graffiti was plastered on a wall across from offices of the Immigrant Council of Ireland on Andrew Street.

It read: “The Irish a minority in Ireland in 30rys.”

More poorly written graffiti nearby read: “Jewish supremacists controls western banking.”

Eight months before that there was similar graffiti plastered across the unfinished Anglo Irish Bank building in Dublin city’s North Wall Quay.

“Jewish financial terrorism,” read one bizarre message that was spray-painted on the building in June 2013.

Gardai confirmed they were looking into the matter, but no one was ever arrested.

Killian Forde, chief of the Integration Centre, told the Herald that racist messages were becoming a problem, that was “very worrying” but that Ireland was still a welcoming community.

“One of the things about Irish people is that pride ourselves on being a friendly country.

“We’re still blessed in that we have a moderate media and no far right parties,” he said.

Mr Forde added that typically such graffiti and racist messages were the result of one man and his dog but that it has been on the rise.

The number of logged hate crimes’ is now increasing in Ireland by between 12pc-15pc each year with a dramatic spike since 2010/2011.

People are 22 times more likely to report racist incidents in England and Wales than in Ireland.

lbyrne@herald.ie


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