The Garda Commissioner has warned that “there are still many people out there who will see this article as a way to attack them”.
However, he said that “people will understand that this is an article about how they can prevent themselves from being harassed by police”.
A spokesperson for the Garda Síochána said: “It is the view of the Gardai that this article is not an issue of criminal behaviour and we understand the anger and frustration it can cause.
However, the Gardáí take seriously the public’s concerns that the article is a way of intimidating people, which they would respond to with appropriate action.”
Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan added that the gardaí are “doing everything possible to investigate the matter”.”The Gardaí and the Síoc can be proud of their work in dealing with hate crime and this particular article is an important one that highlights the difficulties in policing hate crime in the modern era,” she said.
The Gardai are also investigating an attack on a man in County Kerry in which a man was stabbed at a train station and a man attacked in Dublin’s South West.
The suspect has been arrested and has been charged with grievous bodily harm.