Vandals defaced Dublin’s iconic gay bar, The George, in the early hours of this morning (20 May).
Homophobic slurs such as ‘faggot’, ‘queers’, ‘fag bar’ and ‘homo fag’ were sprawled on the outside walls of the bar. A Nazi swastika was also sprayed across the walls.
The image was posted this morning on Twitter, but the graffiti was removed by 8:30am by bar staff.
Talking to The Sun, staff said: ‘It was distressing to see but thankfully we were able to clear it away with a few wipes.
‘We’re not sure when it happened but it must have been early this morning.
‘Whoever it was must have been quick because no one spotted them,’ the staff said.
‘Be angry but don’t be scared’
Twitter reacted with anger, but also solidarity.
— Jen Darcy (@jendarcee) 20 May 2017
— SAM (@greeneggs_) 20 May 2017
For those who think that marriage equality settled the issue and that identity politics are over – this happened to The George last night pic.twitter.com/QkOTxWzsoV
— Mary McAuliffe (@MaryMcAuliffe4) 20 May 2017
Never allow people to become complacent enough to believe that homophobia is not an issue in Ireland when the George has a swastika on it
— Mantis Toboggan, M.D (@beirchearts) 20 May 2017
Solidarity to everyone who is feeling scared over The George attack.
— Lee Daly (@leedalyire) 20 May 2017