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Tuesday 20 August 2019

Garda probe into smashed memorial

ERECTED IN MEMORY OF FORMER HUNGER STRIKER

The vandalised memorial seat to former IRA hunger Striker Brendan Hughes at the Long Woman's Grave, Omeath
The vandalised memorial seat to former IRA hunger Striker Brendan Hughes at the Long Woman's Grave, Omeath

Anne CAMPBELL

GARDAI have launched an investigation into the destruction of a marble memorial seat erected at the Long Woman's Grave, Omeath, to the former IRA hunger striker, Brendan Hughes.

Last week, the Argus revealed how a granite double seat, which was erected within the past couple of weeks, was smashed on February 14th, just two days before the third anniversary of Mr Hughes's death.

The following day, a formal complaint about the vandalism was made to Gardai in Omeath and an investigation has been launched.

Last week, Mr Hughes's brother, Terry, told the Argus: 'The seat was only put on the site a couple of weeks ago. It was put there because the place where his ashes were scattered was quite inaccessible.

'Ironically, we were going to put it in Omeath, but we thought it might be vandalised there.

'I don't think the people who did this had no real concept of who Brendan was. They are mindless vandals'.

Louth County Council are also continuing to investigate whether there are planning issues with the seat.

The council is trying to find out whether the memorial was erected on private land or on commonage and if it is subject to planning regulations.

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