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Milltown Republican Plot Desecrated

12 January, 2004

West Belfast Sinn Féin Councillor Michael Browne has spoken of his outrage after the newly refurbished Republican plot in Milltown was desecrated last night.

Cllr. Browne said:

"Last night the newly refurbished Republican Plot in Milltown was desecrated in an outrageous act of wanton vandalism. Up to sixteen individual graves have been destroyed.

"I have spoken to a number of families who have loved ones buried in the plot and they are extremely distressed by what has happened overnight. This is not simply a republican memorial, it is the actual graves of many IRA Volunteers and Sinn Féin activists killed over the past thirty years.

"The monument was recently refurbished through the voluntary work of Belfast Republicans. Republicans throughout the city will be angered at this turn of events and I am sure they will rally to the aid of the National Graves Association as they seek to rebuild the monument.

"Those responsible for this attack are beyond contempt and they need to reflect long and hard upon their actions."ENDS

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