VICTIMS of racist abuse and other forms of hate crimes are encouraged to use an online reporting system for such offenses.
The installation was launched yesterday and all reports transmitted to it will be handled by the National Diversity and Inclusion Unit of Garda Síochána (GNDIU).
Superintendent Michael Corbett, who served in the Cork North Guarda Division until his transfer to the Garda National Community Engagement Bureau, said Echo that hate crimes are occurring across the country, highlighting the recent case in Kerry where a teenager pleaded guilty to two counts stemming from messages he sent footballer Ian Wright after losing a Fifa game on PlayStation.
The messages were described in court as “rude and racist”.
Superintendent Corbett also said: “Hate crimes are drastically underreported in Ireland, don’t suffer in silence.
“If you have been the victim of a hate crime please report it to An Garda Síochána, we are here to help. Together, let’s stop the hatred.
Paula Fagan, CEO of LBGT Ireland and member of the Garda National Diversity Forum said: “This is very welcome support for victims of hate crimes and the community at large.
Dami Babade, who reported an incident of hate crime-related assault in An Garda Síochána, said: “As a victim of a hate crime assault, I know the importance of reporting to Gardaí. I am delighted to support the launch of an online system to report this. We must work together to fight hate crimes ”.
Gardaí is concerned about the growing popularity of far-right politics and views in Ireland, as well as “keyboard warriors” using social media.
The garda organization is currently engaging with minority groups living in Ireland with the aim of attracting members into the force, as part of its commitment to diversity within the organization.
A statement from Garda said: “During the development of the training modules on hate crimes and cultural diversity (for the organization), the GNDIU used representatives from a wide range of groups to provide input and feedback. video content to enhance the learning experience for Garda and Staff members. This provided a welcome opportunity for diverse / minority groups to ensure that their voices are heard and that their policing needs are reflected in future diversity trainings.
To ensure inclusiveness, the Online Hate Crime module was developed (by Facing Facts) in collaboration with CEJI (A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe) and the Irish Network Against Racism in an advisory role.
The online declaration function is accessible at www.garda.ie.