This comes ahead of the first ever Pride Parade in Wicklow Town on the 1st of July.
Wicklow County Council have agreed to install permanent Pride Rainbow crossings in each of their local district areas.
No other county in Ireland has passed a motion like this before and comes ahead of the first ever Pride Parade in Wicklow Town on the 1st of July.
This new innovative proposal was supported by Greystones Councillor Lourda Scott who tabled the Motion for this initiative, which was seconded by Cllr. Paul O’Brien.
Arklow based filmmaker and activist Dave Thomas said:
“This is an extremely bold and strong public statement of support for the LGBTQIO+ community and I am thrilled beyond words. This initiative tells all young people who are part of the LGBTQIA+ community that they are recognised for who they are, that County Wicklow stands with them and supports them, and that they are not alone. The Pride Rainbow Crossing is a beacon of hope, and a symbol of support and love for those that may be going through a very difficult time. I want to thank Cllr. Lourda Scott, Cllr. Paul O’Brien and the County Engineer for their work on getting this Motion passed. They did their homework! A big thanks to all Wicklow County Council Members and Staff for their support. I am also very grateful to the National Council of the Blind for their support and guidance with this proposal.”
Cllr. Lourda Scott said,
“It was a pleasure to bring this motion to the Council and to hear the support for the LGBTQIA+ community from both staff and elected reps. I want to live in a fully inclusive society and any small step that I can do to support this in my role as Councillor is something I will always be delighted to work on. However, without the initiative and support from Dave Thomas who brought this motion to me, this ground breaking initiative wouldn’t have happened. Now I’m really excited to see the Pride crossings being rolled out brightening up our towns across the county.”
Wicklow County Council’s engineers will now scout suitable areas for the Pride crossings, and it is expected to be completed within the next 12 months.