A statue of musician Luke Kelly on Sheriff Street in Dublin has been vandalised for the second time in seven months.

Black paint was used to put sunglasses on the statue, as well as marks on the nose and cheek.

It is understood the incident occurred at around 7.30pm this evening.

Specialist cleaners and the artist have now managed to restore it to its original state.

CCTV images from cameras at Luke Kelly Park, close to where he grew up on Sheriff Street, are being examined.

The statue, designed by artist Vera Klute, is one of two of The Dubliners musician placed in the city last year.

It was previously vandalised in June of last year.

Independent councillor and former lord mayor of Dublin Christy Burke has described the latest act of vandalism as "mindless".

"I'm calling on the individual who did this to Luke Kelly's statue to show some dignity and respect to his memory and to his family.

"Not only have you insulted them but you've done this to the whole community who treasure this statue," he said.

The statue was unveiled last January by President Michael D Higgins on the 35th anniversary of the 43-year-old singer's death.