Discrimination in Ireland

The Equality Authority and the Economic and Social Research Institute published a study on experiences of discrimination among the general population in Ireland. The study draws on a survey of over 24,600 people carried out by the Central Statistics Office in 2004.

The survey asked individuals whether they had experienced discrimination in nine different settings or domains over the previous two years: while looking for work, in the workplace, obtaining housing or accommodation, using banks/financial services, shops, pubs or restaurants, accessing health services, education, transport services and ‘other’ public services. Self-reported discrimination does not correspond to illegal discrimination. It is left to respondents themselves to decide whether they have been discriminated:

Discrimination takes place when one person or a group of persons are treated less favourably than others because of their gender, marital status, family status, age, disability, ‘race’ – skin colour or ethnic group, sexual orientation, religious belief, and/or membership of the Traveller community.

The advantage of this survey approach is that it provides information across a range of social contexts and reports discrimination across the whole population, not just disadvantaged groups or minority groups. It provides us with data on forms of discrimination not asked about before, some of which is very difficult to detect using other methods. The main limitation of this approach is that the judgement of whether discrimination has occurred is subjective.


8 thoughts on “Discrimination in Ireland

  1. I think discrimination is everywhere. Whether it is because of the family status of a person or because of the religious belief. Lately the media influences the people and makes them believe that not everybody is the same. Some cases are just always repeated in the media (F.e. the homosexual. Most people think they are pathetic, because of the media), so people start thinking on that way too.
    I think they should do something about that. They should learn people that however a person is a bit different, they should accept and respect it. That would make this world much better.

  2. I agree of course with the preceding speaker that discrimination is very common, is one of the problem that still exist but nobody speaks about that cause in public all people are very tolerant but it’s just falsified reality. I think it’s worth to mention about work discrimination, which touch especially imigrants. In countries (like Ireland) where are a lot of foreign workers, local people think that they are systematically taking away their work’s places and sometimes become agressive to “new working strangers”. So as we can see discrimination appears everywhere but in difference forms.

  3. First of all I want to refer to the article: For sure discrimination takes place everywhere in minor or bigger parts. But employers should be able to assure a good work environment, where employees feel safe, comfortable and can make their jobs in the best way they can, so that there is no option that discrimination appears. E.g. in the company I worked for, we had a weekly monday meeting where everyone should say its concerns, opinions and what must be changed. So all the employees of the department could discuss about it and find an altogether solution so that there was no “alpha-leader” and the chances of discrimination wrinkeled to almost zero.
    Without offending you, but I think you are slightly wrong. The media maybe influences peoples mind, but everyone is educated enough to evalute the information. Moreover I don’t feel that homosexuals are pathetic. They are an active part of our society, which may suffer from prejudice and a kind of discrimination in some cases. Even more I think that the media made them from a fringe group to a welcome part of our society.
    But guandalope is right in one thing: People should accept that all of us is different. Not just the fact that our physical appereance is different in between all of us. We all have a different set of ideas, ideologies, aims and objectives in live. So accepting and respecting this would definitely make this world much better.

  4. People are educated and should evaluate the information, that’s true. But who says everybody belongs to these kind of people? We also have people who are educated but still believe everything the media tells them. I know a lot of people in my environment who really believe everything the media tells them about and on that information they develop the same thought about a thing as the media does. It sounds weird, but this really exists.
    Let me give you an example: the Muslim.
    Because of the media everybody thinks they are bad people and that they are dangerous. But that isn’t true!
    When you go and talk to them, you mention that they are normal person. They are just as normal as you are.
    Bad people you have in every kind of culture or group of people and because the media focuses on the ‘bad Muslim’, everybody thinks that all the Muslim are bad. Get my point?

  5. For sure, I got your point beforehand but I just wanted to point out, that it is not just the media, which sets up peoples minds. The media gives us just information, we people have to evaluate and objectivly decide for ourselfs whether we believe in them or not. Unfortunately there are some ignorant people who adopt every others opinion one on one. But I think this behaviour will never change, because people are lazy and in some manners pretty stupid. So for some of us it is easier just to adopt ready-made opinion. And I definitely agree with you that every culture has its bad spreads, but people love to measure everything by the same yardstick especially if they are facing something they have no idea of and are not willed to learn something new about it and broden their horizont with it…

  6. Oke, now I got your point. And you’re right about the fact that the media only wants to give information instead of ‘evaluate an ready-made opinion’ for the people. But most of the people sees it as the second option I mentioned. They are lazy and it getting worse with the time.
    The most important thing is that we, the ‘smart and not lazy people’, should always evalute our own opinions and read more about (like the example of the Muslim) a case, before judge about it. After all, to be knowing is better than to be ignorant. Maybe it will make the world a bit more peaceful.

  7. People are not the same, everybody is different. Speaking of equal opportunities… non sense. All people having the same starting point… non sense. This is utopia it will never work.
    There are many types of discriminations and in general discrimination is wrong, but people need to understand that the way they act has not just impact on them but even on their offsprings. People should be benefited rather than discriminated based on the way they behave not on the way they look.
    So lets call it ‘benefiting’ instead of ‘discriminating’ 🙂

  8. You’re right about the fact that not everybody is the same, Pokornyt. And I understand what KT0102 is trying to say. People are educated and should evoluate her or his opinion by themselves. The media only gives them information, that’s all. Some of them just don’t understand this and believe everything and they’re just too lazy to develop their own opinions. It’s just too bad that they measure everything by the same yardstick. I hope that there will come a time that people will be smarter and they are willing to develop their own opinion, maybe this will improve the society.


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