How to report instances of discrimination
There are places to turn for help
If you have experienced discrimination, you are not alone. There is support out there and you should not have to deal with it by yourself.
Depending on what type of discrimination you have experienced, there are different places you can go for help.
What is discrimination?
Discrimination is when you are treated worse than other people simply because you belong to a certain group, or because you are perceived to belong to a certain group. Some people are discriminated against because of their gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, civil status, family status, because they have a disability, or because they are a member of the Travelling community.
What to do if you experience discrimination
I have been the victim of a hate crime
Hate crimes are crimes that are motivated by discrimination and prejudice. These might include assaults, verbal abuse, damage to your property, or distributing materials that could incite hatred.
If you experience hate crime, you should contact your local Garda Station. You can find contact details for all Garda Stations here.
You can also call the Crime Victims Helpline on 1850 211 407. They can provide support and information.
You can contact the Garda Racial & Intercultural Office on 01 6663150.
Every Garda Station also has an LGBT Liason Officer - you can find a list of these here.
I have been discriminated against at work or when trying to avail of goods or services
It is illegal to discriminate at work or when trying to avail of goods or services on grounds of:
- Civil status (whether you are married, single, divorced, or separated)
- Family status
- Sexual orientation
- Race or ethnicity
- Membership of the Traveller community.
If you experience this kind of discrimination, you should contact Irish Human Rights and Equality Commision to receive legal advice and information. You can contact them on 01 858 9601.
I have been discriminated against by the Gardai
If you have been discriminated against the Gardai, you should make a complaint to Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC). This is an independent organisation, set up to deal with complaints about the Gardai.
You can contact GSOC on 1890 600 800.
I have seen discriminatory content on TV or heard it on the radio
All news broadcasts should be fair, impartial, and objective. This means they should not discriminate against any group. If you feel that you have seen or heard a news broadcast that is not fair, impartial or objective, you should contact the Broadcast Authority of Ireland (BAI). You can find guidelines on how to make a complaint to them here.
I have read discriminatory content in a newspaper or magazine
If you have read content in a newspaper or magazine that you feel is discriminatory, you can contact the Press Ombudsman on 1850 208 080 or firstname.lastname@example.org
I have seen racist content on the internet
If you see racist or other illegal content on the internet, you can report it to Irish Internet Hotline. You can find their website here. If the content is posted on social media, you should post it to the social media website. You can find out how to do this on our Online Safety Hub.
I have seen racist or discriminatory graffiti
If you have seen racist or discriminatory graffiti somewhere, you should report it to your local Garda Station, and/or the Customer Services or Environmental Services section of your local authority. You can find a list of Garda stations here, and a list of local authorities here.