Reporting Racism

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Over the last two decades, Ireland has undergone a massive transformation to become a highly diverse and multi-cultural society. Most Irish people welcome this diversity and the benefits of having a more global society. ICOS hopes that all international students receive a warm welcome and have a positive experience in Ireland. Sadly, however, despite being considered completely unacceptable by the vast majority of Irish society, you may experience racism while you are in Ireland.

Taking Action

  • If you have witnessed or experienced racism in your school, college or university, you should report the incident to the international office, the equality officer or to the school management. If the racist incident is in relation to a member of staff, you should look to follow the complaints procedure of your school, college or university.
  • If you have been a victim of a criminal act of hate / racism (for example, an assault), you should report the incident to your local Garda Station. If you do not wish to attend your local Garda station, you can contact the Garda National Diversity Unit (GNDU) by emailing  Remember, if you ever feel threatened in or are in danger, call 999/112.
  • Racism can have a detrimental effect on a person’s mental and physical health. The Crime Victims Helpline provides support and information to victims of crimes. They can be texted on 0851337711 or emailed via their website. The Immigrant Council of Ireland offers support to victims of racism by email at as well as advice on how to be an ally against racism. Your college also has counselling and mental health support services which you can access.

INAR Ireland

The Irish Network Against Racism (INAR) Ireland is a national network of civil society groups who are committed to combating racism and all related forms of discrimination.

As a member of INAR, ICOS is committed to working against racism, and promoting good anti-discrimination policies and procedures in Irish higher education, as well as in the wider community.

INAR Ireland has a reporting system - iReport - through which racist incidents in Ireland can be recorded. By reporting incidents of racism, you allow INAR and ICOS to provide evidence to policy makers in Ireland that racism is a reality that needs to be taken seriously.

If you wish to report a racist incident, you can contact us. Any information provided will be handled in the strictest of confidence. Remember that it is only by reporting racist incidents that action can be taken.

Why report racism?

  •  If you do not report racism it stays invisible
  • To understand who is experiencing racism  
  • To devise effective strategies for combating racism
  • To take action against the people responsible

Report a Racist Incident

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