The Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin has extended his sympathy and solidarity to Muslim victims of recent racist attacks.

Dr Michael Jackson said he was responding to a call of Muslim leaders here following a number of incidents this month in which members of their community were targeted.

In a statement accompanying an open letter to Imams and other Islamic leaders in Dublin, the archbishop explains that he has decided to speak out on the eve of Friday Prayers, the high-point of the Islamic week.

A statement issued on behalf of the archbishop says that, in response to the call of Muslim leaders, he is urging all Irish citizens to take a stand against prejudice and racism.

The opening sentence of the letter states: "On behalf of the Church of Ireland community I wish to express our sorrow and our solidarity to all who have suffered trauma and injury resulting from acts of hatred that have no place in our society."

Condemning such actions - which he does not specify - the archbishop says his diocese's sympathy for those "attacked and humiliated, by action and by word" has to be its priority along with "a sense of shame at the acts perpetrated against these people with entitled cruelty leading to individual humiliation and personal violation".

He adds that hate crime has no place in today's Ireland.

Archbishop Jackson said that one's neighbour has every bit as much entitlement to safety and freedom of movement and of speech as oneself.

He said: "We hear the voice of concern raised by our (Muslim) neighbours ... and urge all Irish citizens to stand against prejudice directed against minorities in whatever form they find it and in whatever way they feel they can.

"Friendship and hospitality march hand in hand with justice and compassion," his letter concludes.

Last Sunday week, in the Dublin suburb of Dundrum, a gang of male and female youths was reported to have torn a hijab from a 14-year-old Muslim girl's head on the Main Street in broad daylight.

In what appeared to be an impromptu recording of the event, which was uploaded onto social media, the teenager is heard screaming before a hijab appears to be discarded and to have had eggs thrown close to her.

Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan, who is also a local TD, described it as a "hate crime".

In a statement, Ms Madigan said she condemned "in the strongest possible terms the assault on a Muslim girl who had her hijab taken from her in Dundrum village".

However, gardaí said that while investigations were continuing, the incident was not believed to be racially motivated.

They appealed for to anyone with information or with mobile phone or dash-cam footage to contact Dundrum Garda Station on 01-6665600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666111 or any garda station.