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Memorial to memory of dissident republican's father attacked

The mural at Westland Street in Derry's Bogside was damaged early on Friday morning.
Seamus McKinney

A memorial to the memory of prominent dissident republican, Thomas Ashe Mellon's father has been damaged in an arson attack in Derry's Bogside.

The mural, at Westland Street, was unveiled in August a year after the death of Stevie Mellon who was a former IRA member. It was also dedicated to fellow IRA man, Tommy Roberts.

Mr Mellon's son, Thomas Ashe is a leading member of dissident republican political group, Saoradh. A former prisoner, he has also become one of the public faces of dissident republicanism in recent years.

In the attack early yesterday, arsonists appeared to deliberately target Mr Mellon (senior), burning an image of the Derry man.

A Saoradh spokesman said the Mellon family was devastated by the attack which he said did not just target the late Mr Mellon but his entire family.

“Stevie's family are still mourning the passing of their father, grandfather, brother and uncle after his passing away. In fact, Stevie's children were still coming to terms with the loss of their loving mother a few months previous to their father's death. When Stevie was added to the memorial on Westland Street, his family fought back the tears of grief to attend the rededication,” the spokesman said.

The memorial was removed yesterday for repairs.

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