The Reality of Homophobic Abuse in Ireland

A vicious late night assault in Dublin underlines the reality of anti-gay violence in Ireland, an evil which is being fuelled by opponents of same-sex marriage.

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In a major victory for the Irish LGBT (lesbian gay bisexual transgender) equal rights movement, on April 14, the Convention on the Constitution voted overwhelmingly that the Irish government should legislate for same-sex marriage.

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This landmark decision, combined with the growing visibility of gay people in Ireland, might lead the straight majority to believe that life for gays here has become plain sailing. The facts do not bear this out.

A week before the Convention on the Constitution cast its historic vote, Buzz O’Neill, a well-known event manager based in Dublin, was the victim of a serious homophobic assault outside The George, a gay bar on Dublin’s South George’s St.

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