Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

08.30 24 Jun 2020


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Both statues of Luke Kelly in Dublin have been vandalised overnight.

Gardaí are investigating after white paint was thrown on the marble bust on Guild Street at around 11pm last night - the sixth time it has been vandalised.

No arrests have been made in connection with the latest incident and gardaí say investigations are ongoing.

Meanwhile, the other statue of The Dubliners singer - located on South King's Street, beside Stephen's Green shopping centre - was also covered in white paint.

The two vandalised statues have now been cleaned by crews working on behalf of Dublin City Council.

Both statues were unveiled in January 2019, to mark the 35th anniversary of the musician's death.

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has previously said Dublin City Council should consider the possibility of moving the repeatedly vandalised bust, which is located near where the musician was born.

Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast, local councillor Christy Burke said the latest vandalism of the Guild Street statue was an act of thuggery - but he doesn't believe it should be moved.

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He said: "Maybe it's time for a community 24-7 watch, given the fact we can't have a permanent Garda Síochana post.

"At the end of the day, it's a disturbing, sickening act to wake up to this morning."

Main image: The vandalised Luke Kelly statue on Dublin's South King Street. Image: Pat Gill

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