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File photo of the Garda band.
File photo of the Garda band.
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Garda band proposal to take part in Pride parade 'a sign we're on track to an equal society'

The LGBT festival takes place next month in Dublin, with the garda commissioner raising the possibility of the band taking part.
May 23rd 2014, 11:03 AM 9,426 160

THE ORGANISERS OF the Dublin Pride Festival have welcomed the possibility that the Garda band could take part in this year’s parade.

Acting garda commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan raised the proposal at the festival’s launch last night.

Public Relations Officer for the festival Eoin Hendrick said they were “delighted” and that the gesture demonstrates “how progressive” Ireland is.

“Knowing that we have the support from the Gardaí shows us that we are on the right track to an equal society,” Hendrick added, “where full marriage equality and gender recognition are not seen as different.”

Dublin Pride Festival is a series of events that celebrate LGBT culture in Ireland.

The first event begins on 5 June, which the parade taking place on the 28th.

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