Dundrum says kissing policy applies to all

Dundrum Town Centre has confirmed a security guard stopped two gay men from kissing yesterday, but said its policy on intimacy applies to people of all sexes.

“A situation arose on Friday 16th July when one of our security officers observed a couple being intimate on the mall in Dundrum Town Centre,” said Don Nugent, centre director of Dundrum Town Centre, in a statement today.

“The security officer approached the couple and asked them if they could oblige by not being so intimate in a public area particularly as there were quite a number of children in the vicinity and Dundrum Town Centre is a family environment.”

He says the security guard only became aware that the couple were of the same sex when he approached them.

“In this particular instance the couple were asked to refrain from being intimate in the public area but were advised that they would be welcome to avail of the open public spaces but were respectfully requested to be mindful of any children in the vicinity,” Nugent said.

Dundrum Town Centre says it has on occasions in the past received complaints from parents where they believed couples were being intimate in view of their children.

“Following discussion with the security officer the couple approached the customer service desk, once the duty manager explained to the couple the centre’s concerns the couple acknowledged Dundrum Town Centre’s position,” said Nugent.

“Dundrum Town Centre welcomes all visitors to its facility, nationality, creed or any other factor do not influence Dundrum Town Centre whatsoever and we continue to welcome all visitors to the centre.”

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