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Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland A protest outside the French Embassey in Dublin in 2011 calling on the French Government to change the ban on women wearing the Islamic Burqa
# Racism
Anti-Muslim 'Irish voice' page to be reported to Gardaí, Facebook
The Immigrant Council of Ireland says the tone of the Facebook page is “deeply worrying”.

THE IMMIGRANT COUNCIL of Ireland has said it will be reporting a Facebook page containing anti-Muslim messages to both the social media company and gardaí.

The ‘Irish voice’ (sic) page has been in existence since November last year, amassing 991 ‘likes’ in the last two months.

Several anti-Muslim messages have been posted in just the last 24 hours, including an image of women wearing burqas with the heading “CHECK OUT THE FUTURE IRISH SCHOOL UNIFORM”.

In a long post placed earlier today, an administrator of the page took issue with “stupid people” who had complained that only comments in English or Irish were being allowed.

The rambling message ended with this sentence:

The future of this country is in your hands and unless you act then your children may as well start speaking Indian or Chinese basically anything but English and Irish.

A spokesperson for the Immigrant Council told that the underlying tone of the page was “deeply worrying” and said the group would be pursuing the matter with authorites.

“This comes on the back of figures for 2013 which show an 85 per cent increase in reported racist incidents over the year.

“Of that number, 12 per cent of all incidents were internet-related.”

The spokesperson said the Immigrant Council had been successful in the past in having offending social media accounts closed down.

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