Three people have allegedly been hospitalised following a suspected transphobic attack which occurred in Dublin’s Stephen’s Green on Saturday, June 25 at 6.50 pm. According to a message received by Labour TD Aodhan O Riordain, the assault was carried out on a group of five LGBTQ+ people following Pride celebrations.
It also reported that among those admitted to the hospital was a 19-year-old Trans man who is being treated for a “fractured skull and abnormalities showing on their brain”.
The message began “Just messaging on behalf of some LGBTQ+ friends. They don’t want to be identified, but Saturday, after Pride, 5 of them were attacked in Stephens Green.”
After describing the injuries incurred by the Trans man, the message continued, “They just want to let people know that for all the colourful and happy stuff that happens at Pride, these attacks are going on in the background.”
In sharing the message, O’Riordain tweeted “This message was sent to me today from someone whose friends were attacked after Pride on Saturday.
“We cannot be complacent. Being LGBT+ means you are more likely to be assaulted.”
According to a report on Extra.ie, “A spokesperson for the Gardaí confirmed the incident took place and revealed no arrests had been made at the scene. They said: ‘Inquiries into the matter are ongoing including a number of allegations of assault arising from the incident.”
This message was sent to me today from someone whose friends were attacked after Pride on Saturday.
We cannot be complacent.
Being LGBT+ means you are more likely to be assaulted. pic.twitter.com/mIZ70zkFZE
— Aodhán Ó Ríordáin (@AodhanORiordain) June 27, 2022
Whilst there is currently no existing Hate Crime legislation in place, during his Pride interview with Adam Long of the NXF (the National LGBT Federation) the Taoiseach Micheál Martin confirmed that the proposed Hate Crime legislation would be tabled in the coming Autumn Dail session.
In further moves to advance protections for the LGBTQ+ community, representatives from leading community organisations also met with the Minister for Justice Helen McEntee, the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth of Ireland Roderic O’Gorman and TD James Browne last week to discuss the proposed legislation as well as diversity and inclusion in policing, historic criminalisation of gay and bisexual men, Trans rights among other topics.
If you have any information on Saturday’s attack which resulted in the three people being hospitalised, Gardaí are looking for witnesses to come forward and to contact Pearse Street Station on 01 666 9000.
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