Gardaí investigate damage to over a hundred headstones at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin.

Gardaí believe the damage was done to headstones at Glasnevin Cemetery between Monday night and the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The peace and tranquility of the country's best known cemetery literally smashed as vandals went on the rampage.

The attack left a trail of broken granite and marble strewn across two hundred yards of graves at the Finglas end of the cemetery.

Over 100 headstones were badly damaged, many of them beyond repair.

General Manager at Glasnevin Cemetery George McCullough says that the vandals actually used some of the gravestones to break other gravestones. Some priceless pieces of works have been completely destroyed. While security is being reviewed the 160 acre graveyard is almost impossible to make completely secure.

It is estimated that damage is in the region of around £150,000. While the management company has begun repair work, there is no insurance cover for vandalism to headstones.

We will fix what we can fix.

George McCullough says they can not fix the emotional and psychological damage to families.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 23 April 1997. The reporter is Flor McCarthy.