House where teen girl was killed should be torn down, says Varadkar
The abandoned house in the Irish Republic where Ana Kriegel was murdered last year should be demolished, Leo Varadkar has said.
The Taoiseach's comments come after two 15-year-old boys convicted of Ana's murder in Lucan, Co Dublin, in May 2018 were sentenced on Tuesday.
Boy A, who was also convicted of aggravated sexual assault, was sentenced at Dublin's Central Criminal Court to life, with a review period after 12 years.
Boy B was sentenced to 15 years' detention, with a review after eight years.
Ana Kriegel's body was found last year in Glenwood House, a derelict 19th-century farmhouse, located in Lucan in west Dublin.
The walls and the floor in the room where Ana died were covered in her blood when her body was discovered last May.
Councillors in West Dublin have called for the house to be removed from the protected structures list and to be demolished following the sentencing.
Speaking yesterday, Mr Varadkar said he agreed that it should be demolished.
"It's very hard to pass that building without thinking about what happened there. It's not, in my view, a building of enormous architectural heritage and I would like to see the designation lifted by the council and to have that building demolished."
Glenwood House has a protected structure status and is privately owned by the O'Callaghan family who own a hotel chain.
The two-storey mansion was designed by architect James Gandon, who also designed former Taoiseach Charles Haughey's home, Abbeyville, in Kinsealy, north Dublin.
On Wednesday, Mr Varadkar said his heart went to the parents of Ana Kriegel as he acknowledged Ireland is gripped by "an epidemic of gender-based violence".
"I just can't imagine what they are going through and what they will go through for the rest of their lives because of what happened to their beautiful daughter," he said.