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Over 150 aggravated incidents recorded as hate crimes reported to gardaí

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Over 150  aggravated incidents recorded as hate crimes reported to gardaí

A total of 151 aggravated incidents recorded as hate crimes were reported to gardaí in the first six months of this year, nearly double the numbers previously logged.

According the Central Statistics Office, the figures show that a majority of racist incidents were motivated because of someone's ethnic background or religion.

Of them, 98 were because of someone's ethnic background or religion.

On alleged offences linked to ageism and abuse of people with disabilities, the CSO says there were 27 from January to June, compared to 15 for the whole of last year.

In relation to incidents said to be motivated by gender, transphobia or homophobia, there were 26 in the first six months of this year compared to 25 for the whole of last year.

Hate crime is not a specific offence under Irish law but it can be taken into account in a trial.