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'It was targeted': 'Somebody's Child' exhibition in Temple Bar in flames

The Somebody’s Child installation remembered those who died in Ireland’s Mother and Baby centres.

AN ART INSTALLATION remembering the children who died in Ireland’s Mother and Baby centres has gone up in flames in Temple Bar this evening.

Pictures have circulated showing the artwork, which was unveiled by councillor Mannix Flynn in November last year, on fire.

The feature, which is located on the corner of Essex Street and Exchange Street in Temple Bar, had listed hundreds of names of children who were deemed ‘illegitimate’ by the State.

Councillor Flynn said it’s a great shame that the fire has started and said he hopes “that it can be salvaged”.

He told TheJournal.ie: “There would be a lot of anti-social behavior and drug use in that particular area. Some people use the site for injecting drugs and what have you. But hopefully it can be salvaged. It was to remember all the babies discovered in a mass grave in Tuam there.”

somebody's child Source: Farcryproductions.ie

“This is a memorial site for children who didn’t get the opportunity to live.  It was targeted. That’s what it looks like here.”

Dublin Fire Brigade confirmed they had received calls about a fire in the Exchange street area this evening.

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