An investigation is under way into an alleged racial attack on Friday after a video emerged on social media, which showed a woman being pushed into the Royal Canal near Ashtown in Dublin.

The video, which was posted on TikTok, shows the woman confronting a small group of teenage boys telling them "not to racially discriminate...that's criminal" before she is pushed into the canal between Lock 11 and Lock 12 of the canal.

Laughter can then be heard on the video.

Xuedan (Shelley) Xiong, who lives in Castleknock, pulled herself out of the canal and some passersby assisted her.

She later made a statement to gardaí.

In a statement, gardaí said they "take hate crime seriously, and each and every hate crime reported to us is professionally investigated and victims supported during the criminal justice process".

They said they would encourage anyone who feels they have been the victim of a hate crime to report the matter directly to An Garda Síochána and not to third parties or on social media.

This afternoon, Ms Xiong told RTÉ's This Week she has been left nervous about going out and worried for her young son's safety.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information in relation to the incident - in particular anyone who may have mobile phone footage or a voice recording of the incident - should contact Finglas Garda Station on 01 6667500, the Garda Confidential line 1800 666111, or any garda station.