Irish revolution memorial vandalised with sledgehammer in Dublin
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Irish revolution memorial vandalised with sledgehammer in Dublin

GARDAI are on the hunt for the heartless thugs who damaged a memorial commemorating those who died in the Irish revolution.

The incident occurred in Glasnevin cemetery in Dublin during the early hours of Tuesday morning.

It's alleged that a memorial wall - with the names of those who died in the 1916 Easter Rising to the end of the Civil War in 1923 inscribed on it - was significantly damaged with a sledgehammer and paint.

According to the Irish Times, the vandals were attempting to remove the names of British soldiers from the wall with the sledgehammer, though they inadvertently damaged the names of a number of Irish soldiers on the memorial too.

Gardai say they are reviewing CCTV footage of the area at the approximate time of the incident.

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They also stated that no arrests have been made yet, though their investigation is still open.

In a statement, gardai said they were "investigating an act of criminal damage that occurred at Glasnevin Cemetery on Tuesday 4th February at approximately 3:40am."

The added: "The memorial wall suffered significant damage during the incident. No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing."

It's the second time the memorial has been damaged since its erection in 2016 - a century on from the Easter Rising.