The mother of a Derry IRA man shot dead by the SAS has said vandals who removed boards advertising a republican commemoration this Sunday have insulted the memory of her son and other republicans.
Jean Maguire, whose son, Charles, was killed in 1981, was speaking after the boards in the Bogside, Brandywell and Creggan areas were removed three times during the last 72 hours.
A number of the boards were destroyed and graffiti appearing to be in support of dissident republican groups was daubed in place of one of the boards in Creggan.
Mrs Maguire said; “The June commemoration honours all republicans and to destroy the boards is a disgrace. If those that did it do not agree with republicans honouring our dead that is their right, but they do not have the right to dishonour our commemoration by these actions - they should be ashamed of themselves.”
The removal of the boards was also criticised by Derry Republican Graves Association spokesperson, Pius McNaught. “We are deeply disappointed that anyone would go to such lengths to rip down boards erected by the local republican monument committees in the Bogside, Brandywell and Creggan areas. There was a degree of orchestration behind these incidents as they took place across a wide area,” he said. The commemoration begins at Creggan Shops on Sunday, 2.30pm.