Saturday 21 April 2018

Man (50s) arrested after Eamon de Valera's grave damaged at Glasnevin Cemetery

Éamon De Valera. Photo: Getty
Éamon De Valera. Photo: Getty
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

A man in his 50s has been arrested after criminal damage to the grave of Eamon de Valera was discovered.

Gardai are investigating the damage to the grave of the former president and taoiseach at Glasnevin Cemetery in north Dublin.

The man was arrested at around 3.30pm on Wednesday afternoon and taken to Mountjoy Garda Station for questioning.

A garda spokesperson told independent.ie that the gravestone was vandalised with graffiti and some damage was caused to the headstone.

The man will appear at Court 1 at 10am on Thursday morning at the Criminal Courts of Justice. 

The headstone of  WT Cosgrave, the first leader of the Irish Free State, was smashed by vandals last March.

The grave of WT Cosgrave, the father of former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave, was amongst 13 damaged at Goldenbridge in Inchicore.

Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin. Photo: Fáilte Ireland
Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin. Photo: Fáilte Ireland

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