The spraying of graffiti over the republican plot at St Mary's Cemetery in Newry has been condemned. The incident took place at the weekend, prior to the Easter Sunday commemorations at the graveyard.

Damage at the Republican Plot in Newry.
Damage to the Republican Plot in Newry.

Speaking about the incident MP Mickey Brady commented "All graveyards are sacred places and should be respected," he said and he continued "This attack is outrageous and does nothing other than cause distress to families whose loved ones are buried in the plot".

Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin speaking at the republican commemorations

 Also condemning the attack Stephen Murney from Saoradh who held their first public event at the Republican Plot in St Mary's cemetery said "Those behind this attack have absolutely nothing to offer society. Attacking graves in the middle of the night is a sickening act and one which will be condemned by all."

Saoradh at the Republican plot

"This sacred place is where we all attend and gather to remember our republican dead. Such attacks are fruitless and certainly won't deter us from our path of revolution."

 The PSNI are appealing for anyone with any information that can assist with the investigation to contact officers at Ardmore Police Station on 101 quoting reference number 355 of 16/04/17 or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”