More Gardai are to be trained on how best to work with ethnic minorities. It's in a bid to reduce the threat of terrorism and extremism in Dublin.
The plans were unveiled at a North Dublin Community Policing meeting in Coolock, where Garda Superintendents outlined their plans for the coming months. Local Councillors in attendance welcomed the plans but Sinn Fein's Mícháel McDonagh said he was worried about linking, even loosely, ethnic minorities and terrorism.
"Ethnic minorities in the main are usually the victims of crime - hate, crime and racism," he said, "and racism in itself is a form of extremism which, unfortunately, is not uncommon. So we need to recognise that in reaching out to them."
Fine Gael Councillor Naoise O'Muirí said any increased engagement with ethnic groups was a good thing and it was as much about 'reaching out' as reducing risk: "Ireland has always been quite diverse but I suppose it is getting even more so at the moment. I think it is primarily driven by a desire to engage with these communities; communities which are very welcome here but maybe we didn't have before."
Plans were also unveiled to give more public talks on crime prevention and to up-skill members of the force on the best way to interact with victims.