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'Brutal attack': Gardaí treating serious assault at Newbridge train station as possible hate crime

The incident occurred just after 6.30pm yesterday evening.

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GARDAÍ IN KILDARE are investigating a serious assault that took place at around 6.40pm last night at Newbridge train station.

A man aged in his 20s received stab wounds in the suspected homophobic assault. He was taken to Tallaght University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

It’s understood gardaí are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime. 

A forensic examination has been carried out at the scene. 

No arrests have yet been made. 

Gardaí said in a statement the force has a significant focus on enhancing the identification, reporting, investigation and prosecution of hate crimes as part of its diversity and integration strategy.

In response to the incident, Paula Fagan CEO of LGBT Ireland called for hate crime legislation to be put in place to “send a clear message that homophobia is a crime”.

This brutal attack last evening should signal to politicians that urgent action is needed to send out a clear message that hate crimes will not be tolerated in this country.

Updated by Gráinne Ní Aodha

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