Gardai at last year’s Dublin Gay Pride and in 2017 (middle pic)
“When I’m taking part in Dublin Pride these days, I feel like I’m Dr Frankenstein chasing his monster, said Izzy O Rourke [one of three people who began the current run of Dublin Pride in 1992].
“I’m not saying anyone shouldn’t go to Dublin Pride, I understand why people go, but today’s celebration has become a cheap opportunity for businesses to promote themselves, and for state bodies to give an appearance of inclusivity without having to do anything very substantial.
“There’s a chequered history between the Garda and Dublin Pride. For years I was liaison with the Garda, and the truth is we weren’t treated very respectfully, we never got the policing we asked for and we were not protected.”
“I have no objection of members of the Gardai taking part in a personal capacity, but we’ve forgotten what Pride is supposed to be about. It’s about resistance and solidarity, the fact that we will defend each other in good times and bad. That’s what it commemorates, and there’s a recalibration needed.”
Queer Action Ireland are organising a Pride Alternative as we cannot consciously participate in Dublin Pride 2019, even in an oppositional radical bloc. Rosie Hackett Bridge, June 29th, 12pm!
— Queer Action Ireland (@QueerActionIrl) June 12, 2019