There were 240 racist incidents reported in Ireland last year, and a fifth took place on our public transport system. THERE WAS AN 11% rise in reports of racist abuse to the Immigrant Council last year, compared to 2014. There were 240 racist incidents reported in total in 2015, up from 217 the year previously. Of these, 37 reports involved physical violence, 99 instances involved verbal harassment, 68 were incidents of discrimination, and 31 were of physical violence and intimidation. There were also 13 incidents of written harassment. A fifth of all racism reported was on public transport, while almost a third occurred while the victim was at work. There were 23 incidents of racism reported that took place in an educational institution, and 19 incidents that occurred on the street. (…) Dublin Bus is the largest public transport provider in the country, and has an increasingly multi-ethnic workforce. Over one in every six employees at the transport provider are from outside Ireland – 16% of the total workforce, from 68 different countries of origin. “Dublin Bus does receive complaints periodically regarding incidents of racism from employees and customers and actively encourages such incidents to be reported,” a spokeswoman told TheJournal.ie.