£2,000 of damage at Shantallow Republican monument

Sinn Féin Councillor Tony Hassan has appealed for information about those involved in a vandalism attack on the Shantallow Republican Monument on the Racecourse Road late on Friday night.

It is believed a small group of teenagers were responsible for the incident .

Councillor Hassan saidlg_tony_hassan_copy2

“There is anger in the local community on hearing this news.”

“A lot of damage was caused to the Centenary display which was unveiled just last year as part of the 1916 celebrations. In all the time since it has never been touched.

“It’s a lovely display which has the signatories of the 1916 Proclamation and the names and photographs of local Volunteers who died during the conflict.

“Preparations would have been taking place this week in advance of Easter Sunday, and this is the last thing we want to see happening.

“It’s believed a small group of teenagers were behind this and I would appeal for anyone who knows anything about this to bring that information forward.”

Cllr Hassan added:

We would like to speak to the parents of these teenagers to find why they carried out this vandalism. Six display panels of the 1916 signatories and our local volunteers were badly damaged at a cost of £2,000.

I would also like to thank local people who have been trying to help fix the damage done to the monument.”