Thursday 29 September 2016

Anger as Pokemon Go players target 'inappropriate' Pokestop at Irish military memorial

Geraldine Gittens

Published 28/08/2016 | 11:29

Merrion Square
Merrion Square

A group which represents army personnel has asked the game developer behind Pokemon Go to take action as players are descending on a military memorial in Dublin city.

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Gerry Rooney, general secretary of the Permanent Defence Force Other Ranks Representative Association described two Pokestops – areas where players can collect items and power-ups for the game – as “disrespectful”.

“There are plenty of other sites around Dublin that could be used… This should be a place for quiet reflection on the sacrifices that have been made. It’s not a place for playing a game on your phone to catch Pokémon. It’s quite disrespectful for them to do this,” he told the Sunday Times.

“I honestly don’t know what they were thinking.”

The National Memorial is dedicated to the 87 members of the Defence Forces, Óglaigh na hÉireann, who died in the service of the state

Meanwhile, a Defence Forces spokesman told the newspaper it “is a place of contemplation and remembrance, where families, relatives and members of the public can reflect on the sacrifice our fallen comrades have made for Ireland.”

“Any behaviour that interferes with the public’s contemplation is inappropriate and disrespectful.”

Merrion Square has over ten Pokestops and has been flagged by gamers as an area where they can catch Magmar, an elusive Pokemon.

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