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Seanad Told Gay Men "Hunted" By Gang With Knives In Phoenix Park

Emma Tyrrell
Emma Tyrrell

07:15 20 Jun 2024

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Three gay men were "hunted" by a group of six men armed with knives in Dublin's Phoenix Park on Monday, the Seanad has heard.

Fine Gael Senator Barry Ward says one of the victims has contacted him about the alleged incident, that reportedly lasted for nearly an hour.

The group escaped but was later told there was no CCTV and no ability to identify the crowd.

Senator Ward told the chamber that there needs to be patrols in the Phoenix Park to protect people;

"What on earth is going on that this is still happening in Ireland in 2024 when every right thinking member of society recognises the normality of sexual relationships between people of the same gender, of the same sex."

Gardaí say they're aware of the alleged incident, but no formal report has been made to them.

They have made contact with LGBTQIA+ advocacy groups and are appealing to anyone who was the victim of such an incident, or anyone with direct knowledge of the attack, to get in touch.

They can contact Cabra Garda Station, or the Garda Diversity Unit.

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