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LGBT Pride flags burned in Waterford city

“It goes to show why festivals like Pride matter in the first place,” the Mayor of Waterford said.

Image: Waterford Council

THE MAYOR OF Waterford has criticised the burning of Pride flags outside the council’s offices in the city.

Flags had been erected in recent days at the local authority’s buildings in the city and Dungarvan to mark Waterford’ Pride of the Deise weekend, a celebration of the LGBT+ community.

However, flags outside the Menapia Building on The Mall were burned overnight.

The council made the discovery after being alerted by security for a neighbouring premises.

Mayor of Waterford Cllr Damien Geoghegan, who had originally proposed flying the flags, said it was a “disgusting” act.

“It would be a rare occurrence but it goes to show why festivals like Pride matter in the first place, because there are still people who view the LGBTQI community as legitimate targets of hate,” he said.

He added that he has set about seeking to have fresh Pride flags flown above the council’s offices: “I certainly won’t be deterred as mayor and will be looking to have the flags replaced immediately.”

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Gardaí are investigating the matter and it is understood will have access to CCTV footage of the incident.

“I don’t know the mindset of the people who would do this, it’s certainly not representative of Waterford and I really think the vast majority of people would be disgusted by that,” Geoghegan said.

The Pride of the Deise festival took place primarily online over the weekend with events aimed at adults and teens in the community.

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