Poverty Agency worried about rise in racism

The Combat Poverty Agency is expressing concern about the rising levels of racism in this country.

The Combat Poverty Agency is expressing concern about the rising levels of racism in this country.

CPA Director Hugh Frazer says there are clear indications that racism is emerging as a contributory factor to poverty.

He says poverty and social exclusion represent a fundamental denial of human dignity.

His comments follow a weekend poll, which shows 51% of people believe Ireland is a racist country.

At present a number of high-profile anti-racism campaigns are underway in the country, including one supported by soccer stars and another operated by Amnesty International.

Responding to the weekend poll Minister of State Willie O’Dea expressed surprise at the results.

He says he has not come across overt racism in his own community.

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