Controversial War of Independence memorial to be removed from Glasnevin


Glasnevin Cemetery has a ‘deserted’ memorial wall which controversially remembered British soldiers and RIC officers who died during the 1916 Rising and the Irish War of Independence in addition to Irish civilians and IRA volunteers.

The Dublin Cemeteries Trust said in a statement it had decided to stop the wall after it was badly vandalized for the third time.

“The Dublin Cemeteries Trust strongly believes that if the wall were to be repaired a third time, it would again be vandalized,” the trust said in a statement.

“Dublin Cemeteries Trust are unable to meet the costs of ongoing repairs to the wall or provide any security that would be required.”

The trust said it made the decision “with great regret”.

The Glasnevin Cemetery obituary wall was intended to include the name of every person who died in the Easter Rising, the Irish War of Independence and the Civil War.

However, the inclusion of the names of the Black and Tans and other British security forces caused widespread controversy and anger.

Independent councilor Nial Ring said the decision to remove the memorial wall was a “triumph of common sense and respect for people who fought and died for Ireland”.

However, RTÉ broadcaster Joe Duffy said he intended to protest the decision.

“I am deeply saddened and shocked that vandalism and violence have triumphed in removing the only memorial in the world that names the children and civilian men and women killed that week,” said Duffy, who published a book in 2015. dedicated to the 40 children who perished during the 1916 Uprising.

“Certainly our mature country can remember all those who died – mostly Irish – whatever uniform they wore,” he added.

Tanáiste Leo Varadkar described the vandalism of the wall as a “huge setback for reconciliation”.

“Those who repeatedly vandalized the wall were motivated by feelings of hatred, narrow nationalism and anger,” Varadkar said on Twitter.

“We are better than that as a nation. Those are not our values. We must be prepared to reach out to the million people on our island who identify as British or British and Irish.”

The Dublin Cemeteries Trust said the black granite memorial wall will remain at Glasnevin, but names already inscribed on the wall will be replaced with black panels.

The trust is considering a stand-alone monument to remember all the victims between 1916 and 1923.

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