The Archbishop of Dublin has voiced his fear at the “growing racism and intolerant language” expressed by groups of young people in Ireland.
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin warned youngsters that their behaviour is “damaging” for society and to the people they target.
“Racist intolerance is always dangerous language and is always a one-way street towards negativity and disrespect. Intolerance is always an affront to the dignity of those who are its objects,” the archbishop said.
His comments came as Gardai were working to identify youths involved in an alleged hate crime that saw a woman pushed into a Dublin canal on Friday 14th August.
A video that circulated on social media last weekend showed two boys pushing the woman into the Royal Canal near Ashtown after she challenged a group of young people about racial discrimination.
The woman was unhurt.
A Garda spokesman said: “An Garda Siochana is investigating a report of an alleged racially motivated incident in Dublin 15.”
Picture: The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin. (Niall Carson/PA).