West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Local anger at desecration of memorial

Published: 19 March, 2014

Councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald and Nishey Harte inspect the damage caused to the memorial.

Councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald and Nishey Harte inspect the damage caused to the memorial.

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald has condemned the desecration of a memorial to three local IRA Volunteers which was attacked at the weekend. Brothers Gerard and Martin Harte and Brian Mullin were shot dead by the British SAS in August 1988 in Drumnakilly. Since then a memorial steel cross erected by local people has stood at the spot in their memory. Over the Saint Patricks weekend period paint was thrown over the memorial.

Speaking on the incident Councillor Fitzgerald said:

"I want to condemn the attack on the memorial at Drumnakilly by vandals. I am appalled and disgusted at this pointless attack which serves no purpose. This memorial has been on this spot for many years and should be left alone. For people to come with the intention of attacking this memorial is inexcusable. Memorials like this, no matter whom or what they are for shouldn't be the target of vandals.

Nishey Harte, brother of Gerard and Martin Harte added:

"I have been contacted by local people who are angry that the memorial has been attacked. Local people have also offered help and support to restore the memorial to its previous condition and arrangements are underway to restore the memorial.