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Luke statue 'may have to be moved' as vandals strike again

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Paint on the statue of Luke Kelly. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Paint on the statue of Luke Kelly. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Paint on the statue of Luke Kelly. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Dublin City Council is to consider moving an iconic statue of singer and folk musician Luke Kelly to a different location after it was vandalised with paint for the fourth time.

The statue of the famous Dubliners singer was first unveiled in the heart of the Docklands in January last year beside the Royal Canal near his former Sheriff Street home.

But it has repeatedly been vandalised with paint and was struck again on Sunday night.

Local representatives have called it a crime against a community.

The culprits painted red glasses on the face and also put paint on the hair. Black paint was used in earlier attacks.

It was first vandalised in June last year and it was targeted again in January and March this year.

Former Lord Mayors Christy Burke and Nial Ring blasted the attacks

"I have been talking with senior officials in the council and we are now discussing the possibility of moving the statue," said Mr Burke.

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"I can't believe somebody would target a statue to a local hero who gave everybody in the area a voice through his songs.

"Luke's family are devastated. The whole community is devastated.

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The statue is cleaned. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The statue is cleaned. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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The statue is cleaned. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

"If the statue was to be moved it could only happen with his family's permission, but it is something that needs to be discussed to stop this vandalism.

"He gave the area a belief in their strengths, encouraged them to become union members, and to be proud."

He added: "I'm also calling on the individual who did this to show some dignity and respect. You've brought an insult to Luke, his family and the area."

Mr Ring said the latest attack on the statue was mindless vandalism.

"Local people are absolutely disgusted at this mindless vandalism and desecration of a statue to a local icon and hero.

"Every local I have spoken to is saying the same thing - leave Luke alone," he said.

Councillor Anthony Flynn described the vandalism of the statue as "unbelievable".

"This isn't people from Sheriff Street that are doing this," he said.

Local man Gerry Fay said he does not think the statue should be moved. "There is a lot of respect for him," Mr Fay said.