Pride flag flies high for Pride Month

Mayor James Byrne and LGBTQ Manager, Peter James Nugent with the pride flag at the Civic Offices.

Niamh McGovernDrogheda Independent

Mayor James Byrne joined forces with LGBTQ Manager for Drogheda and Navan, Peter James Nugent to raise the pride flag at the Fair Street Civic Offices to mark International Pride Month.

Mayor Byrne said, "I’m honoured to be raising the flag as I want to signal my support to the LGBTQ community here in Drogheda. The flag has a different meaning to different people but to me it means progress, inclusion and community spirit.

“I want to acknowledge the support of Louth County Council in flying the flag at its civic offices here on Fair St. It shows its dedication to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion in Drogheda and the wider county.

“Pride month is an opportunity to celebrate who you are and finding your self-affirmation. It should be possible to do this freely and without fear and we’ve come a long way as a society. Clearly there’s some of that journey to go for a small minority of society given the brutal assault in Dublin recently. The victim was attacked for having a Pride flag wrapped around them. I pray that they have a speedy and full recovery.”

He added that he hopes everyone enjoys the month to the fullest. With plans in place for Pride festivities in Drogheda later in the summer, he extended his best wishes, saying “hopefully there’ll be a carnival atmosphere across the town now that we're out the other side of Covid.”

Peter James Nugent said, “Today was a really special day as we raised the rainbow flag with a very supportive Mayor to highlight the importance of the inclusion and support for LGBT people in the community.

“We also look back on the times that people fought for equality and remember also that the whole aspect of Pride being proud of the community that we lie in and supporting each other – building a community together.”