Date Published : August 27th, 2014 Published By : admin
A Limerick Garda Station is to become the first in the state to fly the rainbow flag in support of this week’s Limerick Gay Pride which celebrates the LGBT Community.
Henry Street station, the biggest Garda division in Ireland will fly the rainbow flag outside its divisional headquarters on Saturday to coincide with Limericks Gay Pride parade which will pass the station on its route.
Limerick Gay Pride promotes Equality, Love, Diversity and Celebration and organiser of the festival, Dave Cuddihy said the show of support from Limerick gardaí was significant. “The Garda station in Henry Street are going to be the first Garda station in the country to fly a Pride flag on Saturday as the parade passes the route,” he said.
“It’s basically a symbol by them to show that the guards are there for us if we need them to support any incidents of homophobic crime. They are basically just reaching out and it’s a huge step forward for the guards in Ireland as well that this symbol is going to be put out there.”
Chief Supt Dave Sheahan described flying the flag as a means of “showing our recognition and support for LGBT people as they pass by Henry Street Garda station and, in particular, we are sending a message to report any homophobic, violent, threatening and/or abusive behaviour”.