Nasc provides a third party Racism Reporting Mechanism. If you have been a victim of or a witness to a racist incident, you can call us on (021) 427 3594, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nasc logs all racist incidents reported to us on our database and on the national third party reporting system – iReport – operated by ENAR Ireland.
We also offer support and redress for victims of racism. If you wish to make a report, one of our staff will meet with you in Nasc’s office. During the appointment, we will ask you some questions about the incident to help you make a decision about your options. All information is confidential.
If you have been a victim of or witness to a racist incident that involved a physical assault or any other incident of a criminal nature, you can report it to An Gardaí Síochána (Police Officers in Ireland). In Cork, the main Garda station can be contacted at (021) 452 2000. The address is Anglesea Street Garda Station, Anglesea Street, Cork City. The emergency telephone number is 999 or 112.
Legislation and Nasc’s Third Party Role
Though there is currently no law in Ireland specifically targeting ‘racially motivated crime’, you should inform the Gardaí if you believe the incident was racist in nature. It may be used as an aggravating factor in any later court cases. You can also report any racist incident to Nasc’s Racist Reporting Mechanism.
Many racist incidents may not be considered a crime under current legislation – for example if someone makes a racist comment on the street or online. For that reason, there is no official mechanism for An Garda Síochána to record such an incident. However, Cork’s Community Gardaí are keenly aware that they need to know what is going on in their city.
Nasc have developed a mechanism through which we can record any incident of racism and report it to the local Gardaí, whether it constitutes a crime or not. If it turns out that your experience constitutes discrimination under the Equality Acts, we will let you know what you can do about it. We can also assist should you wish to make a complaint about a member of the Gardaí or about racial profiling.
Nasc operates using the ‘Macpherson definition’ of a racist incident – that is, if the victim believes the incident was racist. This victim-centred definition comes from the official Inquiry into the murder of Stephen Lawrence in the UK and is widely accepted as the most appropriate operating definition.
Why Report Racism?
Have you ever experienced racist abuse or witnessed a racist incident? Have you ever wondered whether anyone cares that this is happening? Perhaps you wondered whether it was an isolated event or part of a bigger pattern?
We at Nasc know that these are common questions. This is why we campaign on the issue of racism and why we operate our third party Racism Reporting Mechanism. Nasc is also an active member of the European Network Against Racism Ireland (ENAR Ireland), which is affiliated to the European Network Against Racism.
ENAR Ireland has developed a system through which racist incidents in Ireland, wherever they are reported, will be recorded in a central database. This allows ENAR Ireland and its members to provide evidence to policy makers in Ireland that racism is a reality that needs to be taken seriously.
By reporting the incident, you’ll help ENAR Ireland to:
- understand how often racist incidents occur in Ireland
- understand who’s really experiencing racism
- in some cases, if you’re willing, take action against the people responsible, to try to ensure incidents like it can’t happen again
Any information reported to ENAR Ireland will of course remain entirely confidential. You can report an incident to ENAR Ireland through Nasc, or simply go online and report it yourself at iReport.