Monday 23 April 2018

City of the dead

Sir -- An article (Sunday Independent, November 20) last week reported that the Garda Siochana Retired Members' Association (GSRMA) has written to both an Taoiseach and the Minister for Justice seeking government approval for the erection of a memorial to members of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) and Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP).

Glasnevin Trust, which owns and manages Glasnevin Cemetery, has overseen the maintenance and refurbishment of both the RIC and DMP plots along with their existing memorials in partnership with the OPW. The Trust wishes to point out that anyone seeking to effect changes in the cemetery needs to seek the permission and co-operation of Glasnevin Trust. To date, the Trust has not received any correspondence on this matter from the GSRMA.

Finally, the report said that the cemetery "is famous for its links to 1916 and the War of Independence". In fact, Glasnevin Cemetery is also famous for being a shared burial place for people from all traditions in Irish society since it was established in 1832 by Daniel O'Connell to "bury people of all religions and none".

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