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'Be a terrible shame if someone were walking across the road with a tin of white paint, slipped on the rainbow crossing and the paint spilt all over it'

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The post on the Proud Boys Ireland Telegram site

The post on the Proud Boys Ireland Telegram site

The post on the Proud Boys Ireland Telegram site

A nasty social media post by the so-called ‘Proud Boys Ireland' group has threatened to spill white paint all over a rainbow pedestrian crossing in Arklow. 

In December, the town made history when the first permanent rainbow road crossing in the Republic of Ireland was unveiled.

The pride colours run across the street at the traffic lights on Main Street.

However, a message on the Telegram site features photographs of the pedestrian crossing and the sarcastic message: "Makes me proud to say that I hail from the County of Wicklow”.

The posts adds: “Be a terrible shame if someone were walking across the road with a tin of white paint, slipped on the rainbow crossing and the paint spilt all over it. A terrible shame.”

In a press release at the time, Arklow Municipal District and its elected members said they were very proud to show their support for the members of the LGBTQ+ community through the installation of the Pride crossing.

“We hope that this project will highlight to those passing through the main street that the community in Arklow and its environs is an inclusive one where everyone is treated equally,” they said.

“Arklow Municipal District is delighted to be setting an example on a national level in this regard and we hope that this project will lead the way for other local authorities and communities to follow.”

The Proud Boys have previously had a social media presence in Ireland and have actively recruited members in other countries outside the US.

In December a sinister threat to shoot Tánaiste Leo Vardakar and Taoiseach Micheal Martin was left under another post on the 'Proud Boys Ireland' Telegram site.

The threat that featured a photograph of a 3D print out shotgun was posted on the social media network, and accompanied by the words: "The day is coming…when reasonable men must do unreasonable things.

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"That time is fast approaching."

In the comments section one person replied, "That time has already passed," while another adds: "I’ve been waiting over a year for the call."

However, the most sinister reply states: "Only two bullets there, one for the leak (Mr Varadkar) one for mehole (Minister Martin) what about Ryan and Donnelley (sic).

One person replies: "That’s only the two shells you can see."

A Government spokesperson said at the time that they would not comment on issues regarding security measures.

In the US, the Proud Boys are one of a number of far-right groups who have been linked to the use of 3D printers to build homemade guns.

Using printers and machining tools, a number of US groups have built their own homemade weapons – ones that can shoot very real, and very deadly bullets.

The neo-fascist Proud Boys are notorious in the US where they played a key role in the attack on the Capitol on January 6.

A Federal indictment issued after the attack presented fresh evidence of how officials believe members planned and carried out a coordinated attempt to stop Congress certifying Joe Biden’s electoral victory over Donald Trump.

At least 19 leaders, members or associates of the Proud Boys have been charged in federal court with offenses related to the 6 January riot.

“We need to start planning and we are starting planning for a Biden presidency,” one alleged leader wrote after the Capitol invasion, according to the indictment.

On January 6, the Proud Boys marched to the Capitol before Trump finished addressing thousands of supporters near the White House.

About two hours later, just before Congress convened a joint session to certify the election results, a group of Proud Boys followed a crowd who breached barriers at a pedestrian entrance to the Capitol grounds, the indictment says.

Several Proud Boys entered the Capitol after the mob smashed windows and forced open doors.

A Wall Street Journal investigation of video footage found Proud Boys members were “key instigators”, at the “forefront” in many pivotal moments.

The messages in the indictment show the Proud Boys using military language before and during the attack, one asking if leaders should hold a “commander’s briefing” before gathering at the Washington Monument.

The assistant US attorney Jason McCullough had described the day’s events as “an incredible attack on our institutions of government.”

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