The owners of Glasnevin Cemetery have decided to "discontinue" a controversial memorial wall, which was to remember the deaths of British soldiers and RIC, as well as civilians and IRA volunteers killed in 1916 and the War of Independence.

In a statement, the Dublin Cemeteries Trust said it took the decision "with great regret", following a third act of vandalism of a "severe nature" to the cemetery's Necrology Wall.

"It is the firm view of Dublin Cemeteries Trust that if the wall were to be repaired for a third time it would be vandalised again.

"Dublin Cemeteries Trust is not in a position to cover the costs of continually repairing the wall or in the position to provide the security that would be necessary," the trust added.

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The wall was intended to have the inscription of the name of every person who died in the conflict between 1916 and 1923, including the Civil War.

However, there was controversy when it became clear the names of the security forces, including the Black and Tans who died, would be also be included.

RTÉ Broadcaster Joe Duffy, whose book Children of the Rising chronicled the deaths of 40 children during Easter Week, said he intends to hold a protest at the decision.

"I am deeply saddened and shocked that vandalism and thuggery has triumphed in removing the only memorial in the world that names the children and civilian men and woman killed that week."

"Surely our mature country can remember all those who died - most of them Irish - regardless of the uniform they wore," Mr Duffy said.

The wall was previously vandalised

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However, independent councillor Nial Ring said a lot of people had been upset at the idea of the memorial.

"This decision is a triumph of common sense and for respect for the people who fought and died for Ireland," he said.

The Dublin Cemeteries Trust said that the black granite wall, which was erected in 2010, will remain in place and the names already inscribed will be replaced by blank panels.

It said they were considering a standalone monument to mark all those who died in the conflict.


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