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Racist incidents in Ireland are up by 85 percent this year. Photo by: John Birdsall/John Birdsall/Press Association Images

Racist incidents in Ireland up by 85 percent says Immigrant Council

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Racist incidents in Ireland are up by 85 percent this year. Photo by: John Birdsall/John Birdsall/Press Association Images

The Immigrant Council of Ireland has reported a significant increase in the number of racist incidents and hate crimes in the first eleven months of this year compared to the same period in 2012.

According to TheJournal.ie, 142 incidents have been reported since January, compared to 77 in the same period last year.

Verbal abuse accounts for the majority of cases, at 35 percent, while 17 percent are written abuse accounts.

Most of the incidents occurred in a person's local community or workplace, the Irish Times reported.

Discrimination and social exclusion accounted for 24 percent; written harassment, 17 percent; physical violence, 9 percent; property damage and racist graffiti, 7 percent; and non-verbal harassment, 7 percent.

The figures were “alarming and once again show racism is a reality which people and families are facing in their communities," said ICI chief executive Denise Charlton.

She added: “While the findings are preliminary and we will produce more details in the new year, they are nevertheless stark. People have been made victims in their own homes, at work, on the street and increasingly online.”

Charlton said the organization mounted an extensive advertising and social media campaign this year.

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