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Gardai investigating alleged homophobic attack on man in Dublin

Man said on social media he was lured through Grindr app to area where he was assaulted by four people

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By Aine McMahon PA

Gardai are investigating an alleged homophobic assault on a man in Dublin on Tuesday night.

In a post on Facebook, the man said he had arranged to meet whom he thought was a man he had been speaking to on gay dating app Grindr.

He said they arranged to meet at the cinema on the Malahide road, but when he got there, four young men attacked him with weapons and damaged his car.

He described the incident as a “premeditated homophobic attack”.

Gardai confirmed a man in his early 50s was assaulted near the Malahide Road, Coolock, north Dublin at about 1030pm.

In a statement, Gardai said a man in his fifties “received non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Beaumont Hospital for treatment”.

Social Democrat Councillor Chris Pender, an acquaintance of the man, said the LGBTQ community is saddened by the alleged attack.

“I wish I could day it surprises me but it does not – this is something that LGBQT people still face in Ireland despite the strides we have made with marriage equality,” he said.

Mr Pender said he had previously been subject to a homophobic attack several years ago, and that people are reluctant to report the incidents to gardai.

“Homophobia still appears to be bubbling under the surface and it is frightening that a man could be lured into such a vicious attack and that such hatred exists,” he said.

Mr Pender said the alleged attack highlights the need for hate crime legislation to be introduced in Ireland to deal with attacks on minority communities.

Gardai at Coolock asking for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them at Coolock Garda Station.

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