LIMERICK, Ireland - Gardai have opened a probe into an incident that has caused massive outrage in the country.
A video was posted on Twitter and shows a woman shouting racist abuse at a group of Indian men, apparently for placing bags on seats.
The incident that is said to have occurred on a Limerick train on Sunday evening was reportedly by the user who filmed the incident.
The user is said to have messaged the Irish Rail account while on board and said that the woman had been making racist comments for ten minutes.
The video features the expletive-ridden tirade where the woman tells the men, “Sorry? What did you call me? Go away and f*** off back to India. F*** off.”
She says "Respect my f**king country and get your bag off the seat."
She adds, “Don't give me your f****** guff you f****** cheeky prick. Well get your bag off the seat. You didn't pay for four seats."
The video also shows how one Irish man stood up for the victims - but the woman then becomes abusive towards him as well.
The eyewitness who filmed the incident said the group appeared to be tourists.
She said, “The lady came from behind me and told one of the people in the group (quite rudely) to move one of the shopping bags. It was removed at once and she sat down. The guy then said to her 'you don't have to say it like that you can just say please move your bag'. At this she began yelling. I felt bad for them. I spoke up and told her to stop being rude, but she just yelled back at me about the bag on the seat."
The incident was noted as very shocking by Barry Kenny, corporate communications manager with Irish Rail.
Kenny reportedly said, “To see any customer suffering abuse is unacceptable but when it is so discriminatory and clearly racist it is shocking."
He also noted that the video material has been brought to the attention of the gardai in Limerick.
Kenny said, “Obviously we are grateful that another customer was able to share it so that we can pursue it with the gardaí because we want to ensure that trains are safe for people to travel without suffering abuse of any kind. We will continue to work to protect both our customers and indeed our employees to ensure that there is awareness of this and that we tackle those people that basically spread hate and racism on our services."
Following the incident, the Immigrant Council of Ireland renewed its calls for the introduction of updated hate crime legislation.
Teresa Buczkowska, Integration officer urged members of the public to report any incidents to the gardaí - and show solidarity with the victims where possible.