After Saturday’s Pride parade, a man was attacked on Dame Lane in a possible homophobic attack
Following the festivities on Saturday including the Pride parade which saw tens of thousands turn out to support the LGBT community in celebrating the day, a man was attacked on Dame Lane in what could be a homophobic attack.
The man, 30, had attended the Pride event earlier in the day before being struck once by his attacker and falling to the ground at about 11:30pm.
The attack has left the man in a critical condition. He was originally brought by ambulance to St. James’s Hospital before being transferred to Beaumont Hospital which is Ireland’s hospital specialising in head injuries.
Although initially his condition was critical, it is now believed that he will recover, reports say. When he does, Gardaí will hopefully be able to discern the events that led to his incapacitation.
Gardaí have issued an appeal for anyone who was in Dame Lane between 11pm and midnight on Saturday 25 June to contact Pearse Street Garda Station on (01) 666 9000.
A garda spokesperson issued a statement on the matter: “Gardaí were alerted to the discovery of an unconscious man by a member of the public at about 11.30pm.
“The man in his late 30s was found with serious head injuries, close to the entrance of a pub on Dame Lane.”
“Medical assistance was sought and the man was taken to St James’s Hospital and has since been transferred to Beaumont where he remains in a serious condition.”
Although Ireland did pass the marriage equality referendum last year, if this attack is linked to homophobia, it indicates that Ireland still has a good distance to come before LGBT people across the nation are treated equally, can express themselves freely, and not fear being attacked when walking down the laneway opposite the George.
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