Racism-free public transport for Dublin is the aim of a major new awareness campaign on buses, trains, trams and stations across the city.
The campaign is the result of a partnership between Dublin City Council, the National Transport Authority, Transport Providers and the Immigrant Council of Ireland.
Posters will be placed at more than 1,000 sites across Dublin’s public transport network encouraging people to report incidents they either experience or witness to firstname.lastname@example.org
Speaking at the launch of the initiative, Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oísin Quinn, said:
“This campaign is an opportunity to further increase awareness about racism not just on public transport but in the wider community. The City Council is delighted to support this important initiative.
“While Dublin has escaped the rise in right wing extremism which has emerged in other parts of Europe there can be no room for complacency. By acting together today we are delivering the strongest possible message that racism is not acceptable in Dublin 2014.”
Denise Charlton, Chief Executive of the Immigrant Council of Ireland added:
“The National Transport Authority, and Dublin’s public transport providers are to be congratulated for taking a lead, not just in increasing awareness about racism, but for introducing robust procedures to ensure their teams are fully trained to respond to and record incidents when they occur. Such partnerships should be replicated in other sectors.
This campaign not only keeps the issue of racism on the public, media and political agenda, but more importantly it reaches out to victims and lets them know that there is nothing to fear in coming forward.”
Gerry Murphy, Chief Executive of the National Transport Authority concluded:
“Our message could not be clearer: ‘There’s NO room on board for racism and discrimination’. By taking a unified stand we are letting the travelling public know that abuse of any kind is unacceptable and it will not be tolerated.
“It was always important to us to deliver a campaign of substance, which is why the internal training by transport partners and the follow-up support offered to victims by the Immigrant Council of Ireland are both key to ensuring success in the coming weeks.
The public transport sector is proud to take a lead with this initiative and together we are determined to ensure that our passengers and staff will be able to travel without fear of abuse or discrimination.”