Two men have been arrested – and then released – after Dublin’s famous statue of musician Phil Lynott was seriously damaged in the early hours of this morning.
Gardaí said the men turned up at Pearse Street Garda station this evening after an investigation was launched into the damage.
Both men have already been released without charge and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions. Gardaí are not believed to be seeking anyone else in connection with the case.
The statue of the Thin Lizzy frontman has been removed from Harry Street for repairs.
The monument was seriously damaged when two youths pushed it over. The statue’s bronze coat suffered a tear in the fall.
Gardaí investigating the incident have issued an appeal for information. They want to talk to a group of people who lifted and replaced the structure after it was damaged.
They would also like to speak with a man in a white van who may have been making deliveries at the time. The incident occurred at about 4.15am just off Grafton Street. Anyone who was in the area at the time is asked to contact Pearse Street station on 01 666 9000.
The two male suspects left the area on foot in the direction of Grafton Street and then onto Wicklow Street.
It seems the Lynott family have already forgiven the culprits with Phil’s mother Philomena telling Hot Press magazine:
“It seems now that it was just a bunch of high spirited boys, who meant no harm. So I am not annoyed with them. I’m only hoping that none of the lads got hurt.”
Harry Street pictured this afternoon after the statue had been removed. It would usually stand in front of the Bruxelles sign. (Photo: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)
- Additional reporting by Christine Bohan