Limerick's top garda nominated for LGBT award

Limerick's top garda nominated for LGBT award

Chief Superintendent David Sheahan has been nominated as Ally of the Year for the flying of the (LGBT) flag at Henry Street Garda Station

LIMERICK’S Garda Chief Superintendent David Sheahan has been nominated for a prestigious LGBT Award at the Workplace Equality Index Awards 2016, which will be hosted next week in Dublin. A number of nominations have been submitted in respect of the actions from An Garda Síochána and Chief Superintendent David Sheahan of Henry Street Garda Station in Limerick has been nominated as Ally of the Year for the flying of the flag at Henry Street Garda Station. Ally of the Year is when a leader or team member within an organisation who has demonstrated an outstanding level of support for LGBT colleagues. In 2014 Henry Street Garda station became the first in Ireland to fly a pride flag in a show of support for those involved in the Limerick LGBT Pride Festival.

Speaking about this responsibility of the public, Chief Supt Sheahan said: “We are trying to give people confidence to come forward if members of the community are suffering from either abuse, violence or threatening behavior. Homophobic acts cannot be addressed if the Garda Síochána are not made aware and members of the public are asked to come forward with any such issues.

“We want people in the community to know that we have a listening ear. We are prepared to listen and we are prepared to deal with every issue that may come our way to keep this valued community in Limerick safe. What we are trying to achieve is to create awareness and to show our support for the LGBT community by flying the flag. We’re trying to get the message out there that everyone deserves to be treated with respect. Luckily there is a lot more tolerance today than in the past. Every parade we’ve looked over so far resonates with people in the community. We’re only happy to be able to support the LGBT community in Limerick.”