SEVERAL SIGNS promoting messages of togetherness and inclusivity have appeared on a Dublin bridge where racist graffiti was previously spotted.
Ha’penny Bridge was vandalised with spray-painted messages in the early hours of Thursday morning. They included at least one racial slur.
A misspelled message, declaring “White Lives Matter” also appeared on a building in Temple Bar.
Gardaí have condemned the appearance of the messages.
They have already confirmed that the graffiti is being investigated as a possible racially motivated incident.
A spokeswoman for Dublin City Council has also confirmed that the graffiti will be removed "as a matter of urgency".
In the meantime, local residents have moved to show solidarity with those targeted in the racist jibes by covering over the messages with flowers and placards promoting positivity.
Cards featuring phrases like “Dublin Against Racism”, “All Are Welcome” and “Black Dubs You Are Loved” have all appeared in place of the graffiti.
Messages of solidarity and support have been placed on Dublin's Ha'penny bridge after racist graffiti was sprawled on it yesterday. pic.twitter.com/ut1tLuiZKl
— Niall Colbert (@NiallColbert1) September 18, 2020
Several bunches of flowers have also been positioned to cover over the messages.
Speaking to Newstalk, one man said it was a huge positive to see the people of Dublin standing up for one another and what is right.
"They're a little minority - not everybody in Ireland is racist,” he said.
"That was just a good sign that there's some people who actually do care, and they took care of it very, very quickly.
"I feel good as a black person".