Sergeant Paul Franey made history over the weekend when he became the first member of An Garda Síochána (The Irish Police Force) to March in a pride parade. He took part in Berlin Pride Parade in Germany on Saturday.
The Sergeant who works in Garda Headquarters in Dublin was in Berlin attending a conference for the EGPA (European Gay Police Association). He marched with police from all across the world in the parade.
Speaking of this historic and momentous event, Tiernan Brady, the policy director for the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN), said that Sergeant Franey would’ve needed permission to March I’m his uniform.
“This is a huge step in comparison to two years ago when the conference was held in Dublin and police were specifically refused permission to march in the parade in uniform”
The Garda Band will be marching in Dublin Pride for the first time ever this year.
The Dublin Pride Parade takes place on Saturday, June 28th at 1.45pm.