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Pride flags removed in Waterford city for second time

Two pride flags have been removed from their flagpoles in Waterford city for the second time. The first flags were removed on Sunday night and subsequently burned in front of the Menapia Building in The Mall.

Following this incident, a man in his 40s was arrested in connection to both flag’s removal and is due in court next month. After the flags were replaced, they were removed again last night to which the Mayor of Waterford Damien Geoghegan described as a “truly despicable act.”

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He added that the council intends to restore the flags on Monday and will install more than two as well as looking into ways to secure them. The flags were flown for Pride of the Déise weekend, which is a new LGBT+ festival in Waterford. The organisers stated that the flags were cut down in an attempt to cut down their pride to which they said is not possible while adding, “Táimid Bródúil. Táimid cróga. Ní bhoghtar muid. We are proud. We are strong. We will not be moved.”

Chairperson Eadaoine Walsh stated that the incident did not represent the feelings of the vast majority of people in Waterford. Sinn Féin’s David Cullinane stated that those responsible do not speak for Waterford while Minister of State Mary Butler tweeted that it was appalling behaviour.

Gardaí attended the scene this morning and have stated that the incident is under investigation.

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