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Spar investigates claim security guard subjected couple to homophobic abuse

Anne-Marie Walsh

Published 29/01/2013 | 14:02

SPAR is investigating an alleged incident in which two men claim they were called ‘faggots’ and thrown out of a shop in Dublin.

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One of the men, Robbie Lawlor, tweeted that a security man approached him and his friend Emmett Daly when they kissed in the shop after going in to buy a roll.

He claimed the security man told them to “take it back into the George you faggots”.

Mr Lawlor said his friend asked the security man if they were straight and had kissed if he would have asked them to go back to Copper Face Jacks.

He said his friend pushed the security guard away after he followed them and again told them to get out “you faggots”.

SPAR Ireland said it was aware of an alleged incident in a store which is independently owned and operated.

“SPAR Ireland prides itself on respect for all regardless of gender, nationality, colour, creed, or sexual orientation and abhors any action that contravenes that,” it said.

“We are currently working with the independent store owner, the gardai and the private security company to establish the facts of the alleged incident.”

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