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Saturday 26 July 2014

Pride of place in gay parade for garda in full uniform

Danielle Stephens

Published 23/06/2014|02:30

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History was made at the gay pride celebration
History was made at the gay pride celebration
Sgt. Paul Franey

HISTORY was made in Berlin over the weekend, when Sergeant Paul Franey became the first member of An Garda Siochana to march in uniform in a gay pride parade.

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Sgt Franey, who works in Garda Headquarters in Dublin, marched with police men and women from all over Europe in Saturday's parade.

He was attending the annual conference for the European Gay Police Association (EGPA) in Berlin last Friday and he had planned to take part in the walk.

Tiernan Brady, who is the policy director for the gay and lesbian equality network (GLEN), said Sgt Franey would have needed permission from Garda Headquarters to wear his uniform outside work.

"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," he said.

The Garda Band will be marching in this week's Dublin pride parade for the first time.

Pride Week will run until June 29, with the main parade taking place on Saturday, June 28, at 1.45pm.

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