I dunno.....Limerick certainly seems to live up to its bad reputation more times than just the occasional "blip". What about the horfific assualt of a straight couple and subsequent vicious gang rape of the woman in Cratloe, just outisde Limerick, by a gang of Limerick teenagers recently?
In the States, for many years, murderers and attackers charged with manslaughter could get lighter sentences by claiming "gay panic" - in that the victim made a pass, looked at them in a certain way, etc. etc. at the criminal. But thankflly, recently some judges and attorneys have spoken out against this excuse as a form of insidious homophobia that should not be allowed to influence court cases for the defence's benefit.