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Irish Woman Shares How Her Race Excludes Her From The Census Form

Racism in Ireland has come to the forefront in recent weeks after the death of George Floyd in the U...
Sean Reidy
Sean Reidy

10:54 AM - 10 Jun 2020



Dermot & Dave

Irish Woman Shares How Her Race Excludes Her From The Census Form

Sean Reidy
Sean Reidy

10:54 AM - 10 Jun 2020

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Racism in Ireland has come to the forefront in recent weeks after the death of George Floyd in the United States.

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Ireland to protest against the treatment of black people both internationally and here at home.

This morning on Dermot &Dave spoke to a young black women from Ireland about her experience of racism in her home country.

Ebun Oladeru works in different avenues of set design and the fashion industry. Graduating from Brighton University with a degree in Fashion, Media and Promotion her skills although broad are typically a great insight to the personality and work ethic behind Abstract Originals.

Experienced in set design/building with a particular niche for scenic painting Ebun has worked for many years with Glastonbury Festival, Boomtown Festival and London Fashion Week. S

Over the weekend a video she posted on Instagram went viral, after she detailed what it's like to grow up black in Ireland.

Ebun told Dermot & Dave that on the Irish census form there is no section for her race. On the document, which is supposed to represent citizens from all backgrounds across the country, the options for race are 'Black African' or 'Black Other'. Ebun was born in Ireland, grew up in Dublin and does not fit into either of the above races.

She is calling on the CSO to include other options including 'mixed race' and 'Black Irish', so there can be an accurate record of diverse cultures in this country.

Hit play on the podcast above to hear Ebun full chat with Dermot & Dave.


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