Gardaí locate Dublin statue stolen during Storm Ophelia

The 'mother and child' statue in Finglas village was knocked over by a fallen tree

Gardaí have located a statue that was stolen from its plinth in Dublin during Storm Ophelia.

The 'mother and child' statue in Finglas village was knocked over by a fallen tree on Monday.

Videos posted online appeared to show a number of men removing the artwork during the storm and placing it into a van.

This morning, gardaí issued a thank you to the public for their assistance in locating the fallen statue - which was found in a disused shed in north Finglas.

The statue was recovered after gardaí received confidential information from members of the public.

Dublin North West TD Noel Rock said the local community are delighted with the positive outcome:

"During Hurricane Ophelia, the heinous act of the statue being taken really shocked and appalled everybody in Finglas and indeed across the North Side of Dublin," he said.

"So we were delighted that the community pooled together and got the information to the gardaí.

"The gardaí and Dublin City Council worked very hard to get this back."

The statue is currently at Finglas Garda Station where it will be restored to Dublin City Council after being examined by Garda Scene of Crime Officers.

Investigations are ongoing.