Tánaiste Concerned About Appar...


Tánaiste Concerned About Apparent Rise In Homophobic Attacks

Emma Tyrrell
Emma Tyrrell

08:44 19 Aug 2022

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The Tánaiste says the rate of homophobic attacks in Ireland is 'extremely worrying.'

Speaking to the Journal, Leo Varadkar says there's a feeling in the gay community that these attacks are on the rise.

It follows the assault of 26-year-old Mark Sheehan in the early hours of Sunday morning. He was the victim of an unprovoked homophobic attack on a Dublin Bus, which left him with serious facial injuries.

The Tanaiste hopes firmer laws on hate crime will reduce incidents like these;

"I don't if this is backed up by statistics but certainly there's a feeling in the community that there has been an increase in homophobic attacks in recent months, that is extremely worrying. I know the Minister for Justice has spoken to the Garda commissioner about that."

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