The most controversial statue on the Northside if not in all of Dublin, the Sean Russell memorial statue, has once again been vandalised by anonymous outraged Dubliners. Their anger directed toward the IRA man who used his connections with Nazi Germany to buy in guns to fight the Brits. In true ‘My enemy’s enemy is my friend’ style.
Originally unveiled as a tribute to the staunch Republican in Fairview park. The statue has come under numerous attacks from anti-fascist groups who find a memorial to the man who conspired with Nazis as grossly offensive. So much so that in December 2004 the head of the statue was lobbed off. An act, reminiscient of an episode of the Simpsons (where a statue of Jebediah Springfield also looses his head) the vandalism was met with disappointment by Sinn Fein who vowed to replace the statue.
Earlier this year a new statue modelled in solid bronze was unveiled on the existing plinth, in Fairview park. The new statue, according to the TimesOnline.co.uk was the ‘most secure statue in Ireland’ having been fitted with advanced security sensors to stop willing protestors from removing it. After the unveiling there were many floral wreaths left at the base of the statue.
Today as I drove home from town however, I see a new chapter has opened on the statue debacle. All over the plinth at the base there was brown sprayed graffiti stating: ‘Nazi Scum’ and ‘Scum’. It will be interesting to see how they will counteract this? Remove the plinth?