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'Is there a bomb under there?' - We check out reaction on the streets of Limerick to Muslim dress

Reporter Lynne Kelleher dons Muslim dress
Reporter Lynne Kelleher dons Muslim dress

Ireland may not be among a growing list of countries banning burkinis and full-face veils, but racist sentiment was bubbling under the surface when we took to the streets in the Muslim dress of a burqa and niqab face-covering veil.

The controversial burkini ban on French beaches this week inflamed an already raging debate over anti-Islamic feeling, with photographs of armed French police making a woman remove her Muslim swimsuit on a Nice beach causing outrage.

The Sunday World found the public reaction to the traditional, but ultra-conservative, Islamic dress code provoked a number of bigoted outbursts on Limerick’s streets this week.

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