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Controversy: the statue of IRA Chief of Staff Sean Russell in Dublin which has been beheaded, defaced and vandalised

Controversy: the statue of IRA Chief of Staff Sean Russell in Dublin which has been beheaded, defaced and vandalised

Controversy: the statue of IRA Chief of Staff Sean Russell in Dublin which has been beheaded, defaced and vandalised

With so much discussion around the world about statues, it was only a matter of time before one particular statue in Dublin came up for debate. The statue is that of Sean Russell, a former IRA chief of staff and a Nazi collaborator.

In June this year, Dublin Fine Gael councillor Ray McAdam submitted a request to Dublin City Council for the removal of the Russell statue, which is owned by the National Graves Association, but situated in a public park owned by Dublin City Council.

Later, his party leader, Leo Varadkar, commented: “We have a few of our own statues we may need to take down.