News is spreading that an Irish gay couple were visiously attacked while at a train station.
According to the Irish Post, Gearóid Laighléis and his partner Anthony homeward bound and at the Newbridge train station in County Kildare this past Friday evening. Its there that they men were attacked, according to Laighléis who shared their story on social media. Laighléis says he was kicked in the face and beaten to the ground by a gang. Meanwhile, Anthony was stabbed four times.
Never in my life did I think I would be kneeling next to somebody I’m with, holding their stab wounds to stop the bleeding to keep him alive,” Laighléis wrote online.
According to GCN, the local authorities are looking into the assault. In a statement the Gardaí said, “A man in his 20’s received stab type injuries and was taken to Tallaght University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A forensic examination of the scene has been carried out by Garda Scenes of Crime investigators. No arrests have been made at this stage.”
In response to this attack, LGBTQ organizations have expressed their outrage and concern for the couple. Some are also calling for more effort into establishing Hate Crime legislation. For instance, LGBT Ireland’s CEO Paula Fagan said the following:
We have been raising the need for Hate Crime legislation with General Election candidates from all parties over the past two weeks, calling on them to make it a top priority if they are elected. This brutal attack 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.
Stickers being handed out at Newbridge train station this morning in response to the vicious homophobic attack that took place there last week. Gorgeous gesture by a young woman with ‘no affiliation’ who was moved to do this. 🌈 pic.twitter.com/y44Ps10QFm
— Emma Allen (@iamemmaallen) February 3, 2020