One of the oldest and best known gay bars in Dublin has been vandalized with homophobic and Nazi graffiti. Graffiti was found on The George and Darragh Flynn, Manager of the bar said:
“We are shocked and disheartened to see our building vandalised, especially with the anniversary of the equality vote this weekend. At times like these our community comes together in support like it always does, and we won’t let this ruin us celebrating this weekend’s anniversary.
The graffiti was been removed from the premises and The George is open for business as usual. We would like to now focus on the positives of today, that one homophobic act has resulted in an overwhelming amount of messages of solidarity and offers of assistance. It has truly brightened our hearts to receive such love and support.”
The police have announced that they have launched an investigation into the vandalism, which has since been covered. A spokesman said,
“Inquiries are ongoing. No arrests have been made yet.”
On Twitter, patrons expressed outrage and disappointment over the vandalism.
“The George is like a second home to me, it’s the only bar in Dublin I feel totally comfortable in. So upset someone would do this.”
“Disgraceful, I hope the gowls who did this are named and shamed. We live in the 21st century.”
“I’m deeply appalled by the disgusting homophobic graffiti on the George bar here in #Dublin. I hope the vandals are brought to justice!”
(via Pink News)