Fury at council bid to remove family plaque for murdered Warren
DUBLIN City Council has been accused of insensitivity after threatening to remove a memorial plaque erected by the family of a stabbing victim near the spot where he died.
Warren O'Connor (24), a former soldier from Coolock, was stabbed to death at the Grattan Wood Complex in Donaghmede in January last year.
In January of this year, Warren's family erected a plaque to mark the first anniversary of the his death.
However, the family were left devastated when they learned that Dublin City Council had ordered that the plaque be removed.
Warren's aunt, Noeleen Brady, said she had received permission "verbally" from Dublin City Council to erect the plaque. "We were told that it would be no problem to put the sign up because it would be a mark of respect to Warren," Ms Brady said.
She later contacted the council to demand an explanation after they ordered that the plaque be removed.
She said council officials would not give her a reason for their decision.
"They told me that the sign was coming down," she said.
"I asked them why, and they didn't give me any reason."
Ms Brady was adamant that locals would not allow the plaque to be taken down.
"Warren was well known and well liked," she added. "I don't know why the council suddenly want the plaque removed."
A spokeswoman for Dublin City Council said: "Before a decision is made on the plaque, the Parks and Landscape Services Department will consider the matter on receiving representations from the family and public representatives."
Cllr Larry O'Toole (SF) described Dublin City Council's actions as "insensitive".
"They should have left this plaque alone," he said. "The plaque is not even the size of a sheet of paper and the council are making it out to be a huge issue.
"It's a small piece of wood that was erected in the young man's name and it's not causing upset to anyone."
A Garda Press Office spokesperson said no one had been charged in connection with Warren O'Connor's death and investigations are ongoing.