Thursday, December 18, 2008

Director of racism body criticises its closure at time of increased hostility

THE GOVERNMENT advisory body on racism is being disbanded at the time when racist incidents are on the increase and attitudes are hardening as a result of the recession, its director said yesterday.

Philip Watt of the National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism (NCCRI) said that reported incidents of racism had increased from 66 in 2004 to almost 200 so far this year.

"There has been quite a significant increase in the numbers reported to the gardaĆ­," said Mr Watt.

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