Meath councillor Paddy Meade has again called on the public to come forward and help identify the culprit who is responsible for fascist graffiti sprayed on roads and bridges just outside Ardee.
On Wednesday evening, the latest instance of vandalism in the area took place on the N52 between Ardee and Woodtown – at Burley Bridge at the county boundary. Swastikas, the word ‘Puffters’ and ‘Wanted Treson FG FF LAB SF – Irish Rats’ were scrawled on the bridge and on the road.
This is the sixth time graffiti of this nature has been scrawled in the area.
“I will see that it’s cleaned, but the money used to do so will be taking directly out of the council funds for the local area of Lobinstown and Ardee, so it’s in all our interest to see this stopped,” Cllr Meade said.
“I assume this person doesn’t realise the hurt they are causing and naming them to me or the Guards privately is not going to see them arrested – instead it will see them know they are suspected, and they will be warned about it happening again. So please do help if you can.”
Locals have also reported instances of graffiti between Shanlis Cross and Newtown. Meade says that cameras are being installed locally to attempt to try and catch the person responsible. It is believed it is one person but others may know the identify of the person.
Previous instances of fascist vandalism in the areas around Lobinstown, Newtown and Drumconrath have seen swastikas and phrases like ‘KKK’, ‘Rat Irish’ and ‘Go Home Foreiner’ – painted onto local walls, roads and bridges.
Dolores Minogue raised the issue at Thursday’s Ardee Municipal District committee meeting. MEP Mairead McGuinness, who lives locally to where the graffiti is being daubed, has also spoken out against the act.