Passengers subject to vile homophobic abuse on bus home from Pride celebrations

The bus driver has been praised by a passenger for his reaction to the incident

Passengers returning from Pride celebrations in the city centre on a private coach service were subject to vile homophobic abuse, it has emerged.

The incident happened on a bus travelling from Dublin city centre to Drogheda on Saturday evening.

A passenger on the bus told the Irish Independent that shortly after it made its on time departure a fight broke out between several men at the back of the vehicle.

It forced the driver to stop on Gardiner Street and call the gardai but due to the demand on a Saturday night they were told it would be some time before they could attend the scene.

She said: "Two lads came to my attention earlier as there was quite a large queue for the bus, they barged passed people quite aggressively to get on. The two of them attacked some other people down near the back of the bus.

"People were shouting at the driver to stop the bus which he then did. He went down the bus to attempt to break up the fight but no effect. He came back up to the bus and called the gardaí and opened the bus doors so that those around the fight could get off if they so wished."

The passenger said that the two lads who attacked other passengers then made their way down the bus and started verbally abusing other passengers with homophobic slurs.

She continued: "They were calling young teenagers f**king f****ts and queers and other really nasty things. Some of the young people on the bus were left in tears. They were directing it at people with flags or their faces painted.

"I helped a guy of about 16 or 17 wipe off the rainbow flags he had painted on his face so they wouldn't target him.

"Eventually some other passengers on the bus got up and told the two lads to get off. I was worried another fight was going to break out but I think they recognised they were outnumbered and got off the bus.

"They continued to hurl abuse at some of the passengers who had got off the bus to avoid the original fight. It really spoiled a lovely day for people. I hope the kids who saw it aren't put off going to Pride again next year."

Before gardai could arrive the bus continued its journey as scheduled, and the passenger praised the bus driver for his reaction as "he's not a security man".

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