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Thursday 2 October 2014

Vandals spray 'Nazi' graffiti on 20 posters

Published 13/05/2014 | 05:34

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Pip Breen, Fionntan O Suilleabhain and Cllr. Robert Ireton with a selection of defaced posters.

THREE NORTH Wexford local election candidates have condemned those responsible for defacing some of their posters with Nazi symbols and lewd insults, but say they believe it was a mindless prank by youths, rather than a political attack.

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Swastikas and Hitler-style moustaches, along with abusive comments and lewd images, were spray-painted and written on up to 20 posters belonging to Labour Councillor Robert Ireton, Fianna Fáil's Pip Breen, and Sinn Féin's Fionntán O Suilleabháin, as well as several of the European election candidates. The posters were all located in the Killenagh, Ballygarrett and Laburnam areas.

Pip Breen said he was almost certain the vandalism was done by five youths on bicycles over two nights, as he saw evidence on social media of the incident. 'What were they doing out at ten to three in the morning?' he asked. 'I don't believe this was a neo-Nazi thing.'

Cllr. Ireton said he was particularly incensed at a 'gas chamber' reference, and the Nazi symbols. 'It wasn't nice,' he said. 'My family were particularly upset by it. They couldn't believe it.'

The three candidates came together last week to condemn the attack. 'It's illegal, and unfair on the candidates that are being attacked,' said Cllr. Ireton. 'It's not nice for the general public to look at either.'

Sinn Féin's Fionntán O Suilleabháin said he wasn't too concerned about teenagers drawing on posters. 'However, in the Boolavogue area, all Sinn Féin posters were removed,' he said, calling this 'very desperate tactics by obviously desperate people.'

'I would have thought that such forms of scurrilous campaigning were a thing of the past,' he said.

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