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Anger over cemetery vandalism

At a time when there is an enormous focus on the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, it is particularly appalling that vandals should target the grave of a key figure from the era, William T Cosgrave, who went on to become the first leader of the then Irish Free State.

It emerged yesterday Mr Cosgrave's headstone was among up to a dozen monuments to be attacked at Goldenbridge Cemetery in Dublin, although a motive for the desecration has yet to be established.

Mr Cosgrave fought in the rebellion and later served as Irish prime minister from 1922 to 1932, while his son, Liam, was taoiseach from 1973 to 1977 and, at 95, is the oldest surviving former holder of the office.

There will be enormous sympathy over the upset caused to the Cosgrave family, and it must be hoped that the perpetrators will be brought before the courts.

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