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Marketing manager for Petmania Emily Miller said, “We definitely endorse Mr. Varadkar’s proposal for restraining dogs while traveling, and actively encourage dog owners to use seat restraints or carriers even if it’s not been brought into law that they must do so. It is in everyone’s interest, including the dog’s, to ensure everyone reaches their destination safely when traveling, and restraints for traveling dogs are part of this.”

Reiterating the ISPCA’s chief executive Noel Griffin comment that unrestrained dogs in a car can act as a missile when in an accident, Miller added that “while we encourage pet owners to take their dogs out and about with them, we also acknowledge that dogs can become excited or agitated while traveling which can easily distract a driver, so anything that can be done to reduce this risk should be done.”
- Westmeath Independent

Bridge Recalls Gay Bashing

DUBLIN City Council is to consider a request to name a Northside bridge after a man who was killed in a gay bashing 31 years ago.

A proposal has been put before the council to consider dedicating the name of the new Fairview footbridge to 31-year-old gay man Declan Flynn.

Flynn’s death in 1982 sparked widespread condemnation and prompted the first gay pride festival.

A recommendation was put before the council on April 8 calling for the footbridge in Fairview to be named the Declan Flynn Memorial Bridge. The proposal is the brainchild of local councilor Damian O’Farrell, who believes it would be a fitting tribute to name the revamped footbridge after a man whose death shaped a movement in Ireland’s history.

Flynn was beaten to death in Fairview Park on September 9, 1982, by five teenagers because he was homosexual.

The gang had been responsible for a spate of attacks in previous weeks and it emerged that they used the park to target members of the gay community.

Flynn, who was an Aer Rianta worker, was attacked as he tried to flee. He had earlier been drinking with a friend in Belton’s Pub in Donnycarney, minutes from his home.

He was in the park when the vicious attack took place. One of the men stole IR£4 from him.

The teenagers responsible received suspended sentences for manslaughter in 1983.

The bridge dedication would recognize the 30th anniversary of the first pride march in Dublin, which will be celebrated during the summer.

O'Farrell said dedicating the bridge to Flynn would send out a very positive message about the inclusiveness of today’s society while still “paying respects to past injustices.”

“Declan Flynn was a gay man when homosexuality was a crime,” he said.

“The gay community is now a major part of Dublin.  This memorial would be a fitting tribute from the citizens of Dublin.”

O’Farrell said naming the bridge after Flynn would go some way to teaching people about the inequality that existed before their time, while serving as a reminder to those who lived through it.
- Dublin People