On November 21, the Irish Times reported that Eoin Berkeley (pictured) from Hamptonwood Way, Finglas, Dublin 11– who stands accused of causing criminal damage to the facade and panels of the George bar, George’s Street – was remanded on Tuesday and ordered to appear on December 5.
The twenty four year-old from Finglas is accused of drawing a Nazi swastika alongside the words ‘Fag Bar’, ‘Faggot Bar’ and ‘Faggots’ in chalk on the outside of The George on May 22, 2017
Reports on GCN back in May stated that all three of The George’s security cameras captured the incident, and the footage was passed along to the Gardaí.
The vandalism occurred as LGBT people in Ireland celebrated the two-year anniversary of the passing of the marriage equality referendum.
Speaking back after the event, manager of The George Darragh Flynn said that the chalk daubings were the first incident of vandalism since 2015’s referendum.
“Before the referendum, our windows at the front would get broken on a regular basis, but since the referendum that hasn’t happened,” said Flynn.
“Things are getting better. It’s not an overnight change, it’s a gradual change, but I believe we are moving towards full acceptance. It will maybe take a generation but it’s getting better.”
Berkeley will appear in court to face charges on December 5.
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