Pink patrol, why not go the whole hog and cock your wrist?
'PINK PATROL' is the unofficial name being given to a squad of undercover gardai in Dublin set up to counter the rising number of attacks on the gay community.
The special unit was set up earlier this year in response to a dramatic increase in the number of attacks on men leaving a number of known gay bars in Dublin, but particularly the George, on the city's south side. During the summer the undercover team supported existing uniformed Gardai primarily in the George's St area on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights to monitor attacks against members of the gay community.
In the space of three months gardai arrested and charged at least 14 individuals for their involvement in such attacks in inner city Dublin. Gardai said that most of the attackers were known to them and belonged to one gang.
Gardai have also initiated a process of crime mapping which has enabled them to identify hot spots involving homophobic attacks where they can focus their resources.
The George, Dublin's highest profile gay pub said there has been a stark rise in attacks, with the pub's high profile making it a target.
A spokesman for the George told the Sunday Independent : "Unfortunately, the number of attacks has increased and we are always urging our customers to report incidents, although sometimes they are hesitant to do so. For our part we have door staff every night of the week making sure those who are intent on causing trouble are not able to. The gardai have been and continue to be great in dealing with such matters and are always very good at helping us."
Okay, so this isn't news to me, I"ve heard about this from my gay chums. This is a situation where peole are being attacked while going about their law abiding business. Out for a couple of drinks, meet up with friends, have a dance head home. Get set upon and beaten up for existing.
Frightening and I'm glad it is finally making the news.
Why then the opening sneer 'pink patrol? Is it really the unoffical name or is this just another of the Sindos pathetic attempts at humour and shit-stirring. I've never heard anyone call it that. And even if it is the unoffical name why print it? I don't think being so blithely self amused is the way to go, if there was a spate of old ladies attacked would they call it blue rinse patrol? No they would not they would be most reverent about it, but it's the gays innit, pink yeah, pink coz they're pansies see, that's what make it funny, right.
I can see the features editor now, 'Sure we'll report about it, but we'll tagline it with this funny phrase, look at what our tax Euros are being spent on. The gays. The pink patrol, geddit? Oh my, we were slapping and high-fiving each other for hours when we thought up this one.'
Grow up Independent on Sunday, you're a hugely read paper and you have a responsibility to report the news. And if you think sniggering at a man lying on the street getting his ribs broken and his teeth kicked in is worth a cheap dig then you're just the loathsome rag I think you are.