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Old May 23rd, 2017 #1
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Post Sinn Fein representative calls for tougher anti-hate laws

A TD is calling for tougher anti-hate laws after racist graffiti was scrawled on a children’s playground.

Slogans including “Black C***s Out” and “N***ers” were painted on a playground in the Mac Uilliam estate in Tallaght - and posters promoting Africa Day in the Phoenix Park were also defaced.

MEP Lynn Boylan has slammed the vandalism and says Ireland now needs hate legislation to tackle the problem.

Ms Boylan told the Irish Daily Mirror: “I was shocked that somebody would go to the trouble to stencil out such disgusting racist language in a public playground.

“I would appeal to the Irish Government to enact the long overdue hate legislation so that the small minority that do carry out racist acts such as this can be punished accordingly.”

The Sinn Fein representative has appealed to all immigrants that this is the work of just a few people and the racism is not gaining momentum.

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“As someone from Tallaght, I know that whoever was responsible for this is not reflective of the community of Tallaght.

“The majority of people in Tallaght are very welcoming of the new communities and would not tolerate such racism.”

She added that working class areas are a prime target for hate groups.

“The problem is that people like this target areas like that where resources are short. They will try sow any seed of racism.

“So in an area like Tallaght where there is a shortage of houses they are blaming the wrong people if they are blaming immigrants. They should be blaming the government.”

South Dublin County Council responded swiftly and the graffiti was removed as soon as they were made aware of it.

Thugs also vandalised posters put up around the Phoenix Park to promote the up-coming Africa Day.

The original posters were covered up with other posters that included racist slogans.

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Ms Boylan said: “The fact that they went to the effort of printing off their own posters is deeply worrying.

“There is no appetite for the extreme right in Ireland, you only have to look at the results of candidat

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