Thu, 14 Nov 2019

CO CORK, Ireland - Garda are appealing for information in relation to a potential incitement of hatred incident at a Social Welfare Office (pictured) on Hanover Street, Cork.

The issue was reported to Garda last Wednesday, the 16th of October 2019.

The incident arose after a member of the public noticed an offensive sticker that was placed at the entrance to the building. According to a report ion the Evening Echo, the sticker was in the form of a sign and depicted a phrase that was used by Nazi concentration camps during the Second World War.

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection told The Echo that the incident occurred saying "an extremely offensive sign" had been placed on the outside of its office in Hanover Street, Cork by "unknown persons" Wednesday afternoon and was removed immediately.

"The Department very much regrets that this happened at one of its offices and it has reported the matter to the Garda."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Anglesea Street Garda Station on 021-452 200, The Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111, any Garda Station or the Garda National Diversity & Integration Unit 01 6663150 or diversity@garda.ie.

An Garda Sochna has a significant focus on enhancing the identification, reporting, investigation and prosecution of hate crimes, according to it's Garda Diversity and Integration Strategy 2019-2021.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

(Photo credit: William Murphy | flickr)

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