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It would be "useful" if the Government introduced new hate crime laws, the Garda Commissioner has told Newstalk.

It comes after a man was violently attacked by a group of teenagers in a suspected homophobic attack in north Dublin.

Marc Power says he was lured to a carpark in Coolock on Tuesday night through a fake profile on the dating app Grindr.

In a social media post detailing the attack, Mr Power said the teenagers "were trying to hit me on the head with hammers".

Mr Power was taken to Beaumont Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and gardaí are now investigating the assault as a hate crime.

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris today said he would welcome legislation to specifically deal with hate crimes.

Commissioner Harris told Newstalk: "Legislation which would back up a criminal justice response would obviously be useful.

"At the same time, these are serious matters - subject to investigation, and are well covered by criminal justice legislation.

"We will use those effectively in the meantime, but I know the Government is considering specific hate-type legislation."

He added: "It would be welcome in terms of it identifying that hate crime often has a disproportionate impact on the victim, and therefore that a criminal justice response overall recognises that."

The Garda Commissioner also confirmed that the assault earlier this week has been designated as a hate crime incident.

He noted: "It is receiving the necessary investigation - we hope then to be able to report people to the Director of Public Prosecutions for a criminal justice outcome."

Main image: Garda Commissioner Drew Harris. Picture by: Brian Lawless/PA Archive/PA Images
Reporting by Stephen Murphy and Stephen McNeice

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