ALARMING FOOTAGE has surfaced online of an allegedly racially-motivated attack on a Chinese restaurant in Galway.
Two different videos, featuring a group of two men and two women swearing and threatening staff at Xian Street Food on Quay Street were posted on social media this past Thursday, April 16.
The incident is thought to have occurred at around 5.45pm that same day.
In the footage, the windows of the restaurant appear to have been smashed.
The two women featured in the clips are also filmed attempting to kick in the door of the restaurant.
A spokesperson for An Garda Síochána has since confirmed that a man in his 40s was admitted to University Hospital Galway with injuries following the attack.
Despite his arrival at hospital, the man’s injuries are not said to be life-threatening.
Commenting on the incident, recently elected Galway-West TD Mairéad Farrell of Sinn Féin condemned the actions of those in the video.
"Racism has no place in our society,” she tweeted.
Galway Mayor Mike Cubbard also expressed anger and dismay at the footage.
"I am disgusted that anyone believes there is room for racism in this city,” he said.
“There is not now and won't ever be."
Others have been quick to distance the people of Galway from the vile actions of a select few.
"These people don’t represent Galway,” one person wrote.
“They don’t represent the good, welcoming people of Galway.”
Another said: "There is no room for racists in Galway. Seo cathair na dtreibheanna. Disgusting carry on."
A Garda investigation into the incident is underway.