There is an urgent need for for hate-crime legislation in Ireland, a Muslim leader has said.

Dr Ali Selim, of the Clonskeagh mosque in Dublin, said Ireland was "almost unique" among EU countries in not having such laws which "would enable gardaí pursue hate-criminals with the fullest rigour and bring them to justice".

He was speaking after a recent attack on Muslims in Dublin.

Brothers Naqeeb Ahmadzai (18) and Fazalrahman Ahmadzai (20), along with their nephew Abdul (13), were punched, kicked and beaten unconscious by four men as they were cycling home from Marlay Park in Rathfarnham last week.

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