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Edentubber Martyrs Monument badly damaged in attack

31 March, 2008

Louth Sinn Fein TD Arthur Morgan has spoken of his outrage after the Edentubber Martyrs Monument sited on the Louth/Newry border was desecrated and badly damaged over the weekend.

In the early hours of November 11th 1957 five Republicans, Paul Smith (19) from Bessbrook, Oliver Craven (19) from Newry, Michael Watters (55) in whose cottage the fatal explosion occurred, George Keegan (29) from Enniscorthy and Paddy Parle (27) from Wexford Town were killed when a land mine exploded prematurely in a house at Edentubber.

Arthur Morgan TD said:

"Republicans have returned each year since the first anniversary of the explosion to this monument which marked the spot of Michael Watters home. The attack on this monument is not only an attack on the memories of these gallant Irishmen but it is also an attack on the generations of Irish Republicans who have come to this place to honour and remember their sacrifice. Those responsible for this attack are beyond contempt and they need to reflect long and hard upon their actions."

Newry and Armagh MP Conor Murphy commenting on the attack said

"Those who desecrated this monument have an agenda of causing division, hurt and provocation. There is only one proper reaction to this attack and that is to state clearly to those engaged in this type of activity that they are wrong and they will not achieve their objective of fuelling bitterness and division." ENDS

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