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Vandals spray anti-immigrant graffiti on Irish bar in U.S.

By Sheetal Sukhija, Ireland News
13 Jun 2018, 19:57 GMT+10

MISSOURI, U.S. - A well-known Irish bar and restaurant was vandalized with anti-immigrant graffiti in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Browne’s Irish Market, which calls itself ‘North America's oldest Irish business’ discovered anti-immigrant graffiti - the words ‘Immigrants not welcome’ written in black spray paint across the pub’s front.

The pub was founded in 1901 by Kerry couple Ed and Mary Flavin and was originally set up as a trading space in which locals would swap pennies for cured hams and embroidered pieces of lace.

Over the years, the owners claim that Flavin's Market grew to accommodate the business' growing needs.

Their daughter Margaret and her husband James Browne, who are also from County Kerry, continued the family business after their marriage in 1915. 

Currently, reports note that the pub and restaurant is run by the fourth generation of the family.

Following the incident, the local police in the U.S. have launched an investigation into the incident.

In an interview with Irish Times post the incident, owner of the pub, Kerry Browne blamed the attack on the increased malevolence and anti-immigrant rhetoric that has gripped American politics since the beginning of Donald Trump's presidency.

Browne said, “Certainly the political environment has changed. Sadly, people are looking at things differently now. It is a pity the hate that is out there, that level of hate. Whoever did it is surely an immigrant too.”

Both Kansas and Missouri voted hugely in favour of Trump in 2016 and Missouri is a staunch Republican-leaning state and voted 56.772 percent for the Trump administration.

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