Sinn Féin has condemned last week’s attack on the monument in Knocknagoshel which was only recently unveiled to remember Free State soldiers killed there by the IRA during the Civil War.
Kerry Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris said that people had a right to commemorate those who died on both sides during the Civil War and said the attack on the memorial was a disgraceful act.
“This was an absolutely disgraceful thing to do. Everybody has a right to remember and commemorate those who lost their lives during the Civil War, which was most bitter in this county.
“I was saddened to learn that someone would go out and do this, but I imagine the vast majority of people in Kerry would totally condemn this act of vandalism.
“What happened in Kerry over 90 years ago left a lasting legacy of bitterness and people still have very strong feelings, but that is no excuse for this,” said Deputy Ferris.