A memory of Ireland's colonial past the Queen Victoria fountain in Dun Laoghaire is damaged in an attack.

At approximately 3 o'clock this morning the Victorian cast iron fountain in Dún Laoghaire was raised by a winch and smashed. A group claiming they were protesting for H-Block prisoners have since claimed responsibility for the action. 

A previous attack last March saw vandals attack the monument with a sledgehammer and damage one of its eight legs. The latest damage inflicted means the shattered memorial is beyond repair.  

One resident told RTÉ News he prefers not to have to see the fountain anymore,  

It brings back relics of a thing called the tyranny of England.

Acts of destruction like this one cannot be condoned, but monuments like this are part and parcel of our Ireland’s history, says another Dún Laoghaire resident,  

I don't like what it stood for, you know...but you can't deny it, it is our history, isn't it?

Queen Victoria was widely welcomed in what was formerly Kingstown when she visited Ireland in April 1900. The Urban District Council decided to commemorate the occasion with an ornamental cast iron drinking fountain, built by the Walter McFarland foundry in Glasgow

The monument was part of the town’s heritage, even if that does not sit well with everyone, Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire Borough Margaret Waugh pointed out,  

Perhaps we don't like that part of our history so much, but...you can't get away from your history.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 25 March 1981. The reporter is Brendan O’Brien.