Probe into web comments about Roma

Justice Minister Alan Shatter - studying garda reports

Gardaí are investigating an Irish online forum over comments aimed at the Roma community.

Dublin TD Maureen O’Sullivan has asked Justice Minister Alan Shatter if the site would be liable under the Incitement to Hatred Act if racist comments were found to be made.

The posts on the private members’ site followed the recent cases where children were removed from two Roma families by gardaí.

The HSE and gardaí yesterday submitted their internal reports on those cases to Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Justice Minister Alan Shatter.

Ms Fitzgerald said she forwarded the HSE reports to the Children’s Ombudsman Emily Logan, who is conducting an inquiry. Mr Shatter said he was studying the Garda reports and would send them to Ms Logan.

Meanwhile, gardaí are investigating complaints over a series of comments about Roma people on an internet forum of animal sports fans.

Alleged remarks referred to the Roma as “vermin” and advised people to keep an eye on their blonde children. Another post referred to two Roma producing a “blonde pup”.

Mr Shatter said the gardaí were investigating and any further action was a matter for them.


Lifestyle

OUR fascination with interiors inspiration (in print, online and of course in the likes of social media sites like Pinterest and Instagram) is not going anywhere any time soon.Clutter is a symptom of the housing crisis

All your gardening news.Gardening Notes: Your guide to what's on

Get ready for Stir-Up Sunday with this classic recipe.How to make Bake Off finalist Steph’s Great Grandma’s Christmas fruitcake

I’ve written about Puglia, Sicily, and even Calabria frequently but much less about Basilicata and Campania, both small wine regions but not to be dismissed.Wine with Leslie Williams: The white grapes of Southern Italy

More From The Irish Examiner