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Poll: Should a statue of Che Guevara be erected in Galway?

A US politician has written to the Taoiseach urging him to stop the statue being built – but supporters of the project say the statue will commemorate Che’s Irish heritage. What do you think?

Che Guevara meets Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser in Egypt in 1959
Che Guevara meets Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser in Egypt in 1959
Image: AP Photo/Farouk Ibrahim

GALWAY CITY COUNCIL’S plan to erect a statute of Che Guevara in the city has been criticised by a US politician who has called for the project to be scrapped.

A Republican congresswoman this week wrote a letter to Taoiseach Enda Kenny urging him to stop the statue being built. In the letter, the congresswoman describes Guevara as a mass murderer and human rights abuser.

The statue to commemorate Guevara, a leader in the Cuban revolution which overthrew dictator Fulgencio Batista, has received full and unanimous support from Galway City Council.  Supporters of the project say the statue is a commemoration of Guevara’s Irish heritage.

So what do you think – should Galway City Council erect a statue of Che Guevara in the city?


Poll Results:

Yes (2565)
No (2181)


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