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‘Ireland Belongs to the Irish’ / Ardee defaced in new racist graffiti incident

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Another incident involving racist and fascist graffiti occurred in Ardee this week. Photo Credit: Kathy Gilroy-Barry.

Ardee has hit been by new latest instance of fascist graffiti daubed over a public amenity – after a large section running alongside the Riverside Walk in Ardee was targeted on Tuesday night.

The latest incident follows a recent trend in the town which has been seen racist and fascist slogans daubed on walls in public areas in the centre of the town.

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Among the slogans discovered by locals on Wednesday – down the steps and by the riverside – were ‘Ireland Belongs To The Irish’, ‘No To Commies’, ‘Free Ur Parents from EU UN Death’ and ‘Commie Scum Off Are [sic] Streets’.

The latest incident was reported to both An Garda Siochana and Louth County Council on Wednesday.

Enda Murray, chairman of Ardee Tidy Towns group, hit out at the latest incident, labelled the graffiti as “disgusting.”

In July, Ardee Garda Superintendent James O’Leary conceded there were likely to be ‘extreme right-wing groups or persons’ living in Ardee, citing the recent cases of graffiti in public areas on the Railway Line walk and the Riverside Walk.

In May, graffiti including terms such as ‘Ireland belongs to the Irish’, ‘Nationalist Pride’, ‘Antifa and Anti-Irish scum’ and ‘Jion [sic] the Nalinal [sic] Party 2020’ were daubed on walls along the Railway Walk and the adjoining path leading to Tierney Street in the town.

A much talked about and long anticipated new community based CCTV scheme along the Riverside Walk is currently being examined by Louth County Council in conjunction with local Gardai. It is hoped that it will help monitor and deter such acts in the future.

At the Joint Policing Committee meeting in July, Supt O’Leary said; “It is on our radar.

“We have been increasing patrols but we can’t be there 24/7. The content of it would indicate there are some extreme right-wing groups or persons resident in the locality.”

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