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West Belfast 1916 mural featuring Edward Carson attacked with paint

A 1916 centenary mural featuring unionist leader Edward Carson has had paint thrown over it. Picture by Hugh Russell
Connla Young

A WEST Belfast mural to mark the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising which features unionist leader Edward Carson has had paint thrown over it just hours after it was completed.

The mural was painted on the International Wall on the Falls Road as part of a display to mark the rising's centenary this weekend.

It is understood it was completed on Tuesday but within hours paint had been thrown over an image of Carson

An opponent of Home Rule, Carson was the first person to sign the Ulster Covenant in 1912 and helped establish the Ulster Volunteers out of which the UVF emerged.

The mural was painted as part of a display marking the events leading up to the 1916 Easter Rising.

The mural replaced an image of IRA man Kieran Nugent who started the blanket protest in the H-blocks in 1976.

Most of the paint has now been removed.

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