New spot for Stephen Gately statue after row
A Stephen Gately statue could be erected in Dublin's Point Village after his family objected to the original location.
City councillor Christy Burke, who first proposed the memorial, said Stephen's mother Margaret was not in favour of locating the sculpture at the Spencer Dock train station.
“His mother doesn't want it there as it's very isolated. I was down there at Spencer Dock and no-one was coming in or out,” Mr Burke said.
He said there are lots of people around the Point Village “day and night”.
Mr Burke had originally proposed the station to Dublin City Council but has now changed his mind. He said he is going to write to businessman Harry Crosbie, who owns the Docklands' Point Village complex, to request his support for the new plan.
“The Point Village is the most fitting place for Stephen (left). He would have played there and it's only a stone's throw from where he lived,” Mr Burke added.
A spokeswoman for Boyzone said the band would “absolutely” support the Gately family's request.
Stephen, who shot to fame in the 1990s with Boyzone, died at the age of 33 last October while on holiday with his husband Andrew Cowles in the Spanish island of Majorca.