A number of homophobic signs were put up on windows in Waterford just days after flags celebrating Pride were burned and cut down outside the city’s council offices.
At the start of June, Mayor of Waterford Cllr Damien Geoghegan labelled the burning of the LGBT flag as a “disgusting act”, repeating those claims when its replacement was cut down just days later.
The flags outside the building are currently flying – but there is a separate problem as ‘Straight Pride’ fliers and posters were taped on a number of buildings across the city.
Twitter user Michelle Bryne snapped a picture of the posters, captioning her post: “Homophobic hate on show in Waterford City again tonight – covered the place in ‘straight pride’ posters. This follows the burning of a Pride flag and the cutting down of the replacement Pride flag in just over a week. “
(Image: Michelle Byrne)
The flags that are waving outside the council officer were part of the ‘Pride of the Deise’ project, which celebrates the LGBTQ community in the area.
They were set alight just two days after being raised, and despite being put up again, Mayor Geoghegan reported last week that ‘sadly’ they had been taken down once again.
The council was alerted by security from a nearby building.
“People often ask “Why does Pride take place?” Here’s why— Someone lowered the Pride Flags overnight & burned them,” he said.
“The majority of Waterford people will be disgusted by this act.”
He took to Twitter once again to sadly confirm that the flags had once again but cut down as he hit out at the “despicable act.”
“Once again it’s my sad duty to report that the Pride Flags were cut down overnight and removed from the flagpoles on The Mall. A truly despicable act. It’s now once again in the hands of the Gardai.”