Newry republican plot attacked hours before Easter commemorations

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Sunday, April 16th, 2017
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plot2Vandals have targeted the republican plot in St Marys Cemetery in Newry in a graffiti attack. Spray paint was used to deface the memorial in the Newry graveyard.
  Speaking to Newry Times, Sinn Fein MP Mickey Brady described it as an “outrageous attack”.
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25th March 2017“The Republican Plot in Newry was desecrated last night. All graveyards are sacred places and should be respected,” he said.
  “This attack is outrageous and does nothing other than cause distress to families whose loved ones are buried in the plot.” The MP confirmed that events planned for today will take place. “At present there are efforts being made to clean up as best as possible the memorial. The Easter Rising Commemorations due to take place here today, will go ahead as planned.”
  Police in Newry said they are investigating what they have described as ‘an incident of criminal damage’ at St Mary’s Cemetery on Chapel Hill. It was reported that sometime overnight last night, Saturday 15th April, red paint had been sprayed over a monument in the graveyard.
  Chief Inspector Bernard O’Connor said, “Officers are working to establish a motive for this attack and I am appealing for anyone with any information that can assist with the investigation to contact officers at Ardmore Police Station on 101 quoting reference number 355 of 16/04/17.
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25th March 2017 Box AdvertHe added, “Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
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