It’s time we face up to racism in Ireland.
That’s according to Anthony O’Gara, Executive Chair of the Rose of Tralee International Festival, who was speaking after the launch of a Garda investigation following alleged racial abuse against the 2018 Rose of Tralee in Kilkenny.
Mr O’Gara says he’s seen an undercurrent of racism following Kirsten Mate Maher’s coronation as the Rose of Tralee.
He says, despite the Irish having been discriminated against in the past, racism is a reality in Ireland, and it’s something which isn’t acceptable in a modern society.
Mr O’Gara says it’s time for Ireland to leave behind any racist ideals.
Mr O’Gara says Kirsten Mate Maher didn’t set out to change attitudes surrounding race in Ireland, however, he feels acknowledging racism may prove to be a turning point.
He says there’s no longer an excuse for racism.