Police is to march at Dublin Pride

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Uniformed members of Ireland’s police force, An Garda Síochána, will march in this year’s Dublin pride parade for the first time in its history. Garda commissioner Drew Harris told officers at an annual conference that they are going to join the Pride parade this year as a sign of changes in society that make it more diverse and accepting. “As the [Garda Representative Association] has rightly pointed out, it is essential that An Garda Síochána reflects the diverse society we serve,” Harris said. The march is to take place on June 29th. Jed Dowling of Dublin Pride said in a statement on May 1st to express his delight about the uniformed police joining the Pride parade. “In 2017 members of An Garda Siochana and the PSNI marched together in Belfast Pride in what was a symbol, not only of how far the LGBT community has come but also how far all communities on our island had come in a fight for tolerance, respect, and equality,” Dowling said, “These past few weeks have taught us that we need symbols like these, not just for ourselves but for all communities in Ireland. We want Dublin Pride’s return to O’Connell Street to be the most inclusive event possible and the one that defines not only who we as a country are, but who we want to be.”

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