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Gardai arrest pair after iconic Phil statue is smashed



THE mother of late rock star Phil Lynott has said she would love to "get her hands on" the heartless thugs who damaged the landmark Dublin statue to her son.

Gardai have arrested two men in their 20s after "substantial damage" was caused to the bronze likeness of the Thin Lizzy singer, which was pushed off its plinth on Dublin's Harry Street.

The men were released without charge and a file has been sent to the DPP.

The incident happened at approximately 4.15am on Friday morning.

The statue has now been removed to be repaired.

The act of vandalism has caused huge distress to the legendary rocker's elderly mother, Philomena Lynott.



"I'd love to get my hands on these vandals because what they did was horrendous. How could anyone do this? I am absolutely disgusted. I just hope the gardai find the people responsible."

The 81-year-old said she had initially thought the damage to the sculpture, now visibly cracked, had been due to an accident with late night revellers.

But she was "horrified" to hear, Gardai have classed it as criminal damage.

The sculptor behind the statue, Paul Daly, from Clondalkin, was unaware it had been damaged until being contacted by the Herald.

"I can't believe you're telling me this. I'm shocked because I've never met anyone who didn't like the Phil statue, so I can't understand why anyone would want to damage it. It's like hearing a good friend has died," said Daly.

Tourists, unaware of the incident, were spotted on Harry Street yesterday in search of the statue, which Mrs Lynott said she hoped would be repaired and back in place in a matter of weeks.

Cast by Leo Higgins with the plinth carved by sculptor Tom Glendon, the statue was erected as a tribute to the Crumlin rocker in 2005.

Gardai have described the two males responsible as in their 20s – one wearing white shirt and tie, trousers or jeans with short, dark hair. The second was wearing a navy dark jacket, had light-coloured hair and was of heavy build.