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Theatre Performers subjected to racist abuse in Dublin

  • 01-02-2022 1:37pm
    Registered Users Posts: 22,371 ✭✭✭✭

    This is really bad. They've narrowed it down to just racism, which is obviously a big part, but most of us know the problems in Dublin are far, far deeper than that. There are gangs of youths hanging around these areas all the time now abusing or threatening people whether they are foreign or not, nothing ever done.

    You can tell these particular incidents are bad when a theatre whose whole business is to attract visitors to the city center to their theatre is having to tweet that out.

    When are the powers that be going to a grip on the state of the center of the capital city at the moment? It's their own policies that have it the way it is.

    They have increased the number of gardai recently but the issues are such that it does not appear, at least from what I see, to have made that much impact. It's made some difference admittedly, there is visibly less delinquents (these are not all teenagers btw, adults as well) in some places in the evening but that's mostly around O'Connell St and around there. And even then how long will that last?

    It's all a bit depressing really.



  • I think you can avoid condoning this type of thing while still saying that it boils down to

    "a few people did a **** thing"

    Would that be a fair summary of the incident- because i see it making headlines everywhere and, like, is there nothing else happening in the country at all that would be classed as news?

  • Registered Users Posts: 22,371 ✭✭✭✭

    I think the issue is it's emblematic of the problems in the city at the moment that are seriously visible particularly since COVID.

  • Registered Users Posts: 32,140 ✭✭✭✭ is_that_so

    Regrettably it is not at all surprising given the location of the theatre. Some of the local "youths" were involved with the carry on when pubs opened outside last year. Sociopathy is a feature of some teens.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,809 ✭✭✭ growleaves

    Not at all. The average Irish person is friendly.

    Parts of D1, D2, D7 and D8 can be very rough though. Unfortunate that an acclaimed group of international black actors ran into a gang of scobies.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,476 ✭✭✭ TomTomTim

    Jesus. I was going to make a joke about giving NGOs more money to fix the problem, but they already did that. Money can't fix racism for **** sake.

    “The man who lies to himself can be more easily offended than anyone else. You know it is sometimes very pleasant to take offense, isn't it? A man may know that nobody has insulted him, but that he has invented the insult for himself, has lied and exaggerated to make it picturesque, has caught at a word and made a mountain out of a molehill--he knows that himself, yet he will be the first to take offense, and will revel in his resentment till he feels great pleasure in it.”- ― Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

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  • Registered Users Posts: 22,371 ✭✭✭✭

    Where are they mostly from? That area long redeveloped.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,169 ✭✭✭ Patrick2010

    Flats in Pearse street are still there and only around the corner, didn’t see much regeneration there.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,175 ✭✭✭✭ McDermotX

    I must admit, when I sort of first saw the headline, I'd imagined a situation where the abuse was coming from the audience which seemed ridiculously absurd.......I mean why else would the theatrical angle be highlighted ?

    Looks like scumbags scumbagging. It's really not news to anyone living in the real world.

  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 6,851 Mod ✭✭✭✭ shesty

    I parked on Hanover St East on Sunday to go to the show -it's redeveloped but there are still old blocks of flats there, corporation owned (or whoever owns them these days).It's a rough enough area still.Those new buildings just give it an appearance of being less rough.I still wouldn't be mad about walking through the area at night.

  • Registered Users Posts: 22,371 ✭✭✭✭

    They may shout racist abuse at foreign looking people but we all know you don't have to be foreign. Scumbag problem more than racism problem imo. The racism is just incidental. They'd use the most abusive language whatever the difference was as others have said.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 12,596 ✭✭✭✭ Rothko

    Can you quote a post in here that said anything like that?

  • Registered Users Posts: 22,371 ✭✭✭✭

    It's racist language but these lads are looking for a scrap. That's the goal for whatever demented reason. It's not first and foremost about racism in my view, that's just the bait. The bait changes based on the difference. Sure, you don't have to be different to get a dig or hopped on.

  • Posts: 0 Manuel Itchy Jack

    I'd say a lot of posters have never set foot in GCS. It's lovely during the summer at weekends. It's a complete knack magnet after hours. Comes down to policing, as always.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,210 ✭✭✭ Working class heroes


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