US official warns over Che statue plan

Officials in Galway have been warned by a leading US politician that there will be ramifications if they proceed with a plan to erect a statue to Che Guevara in the city.

The chairman of the Homeland Security Committee in the House of Representatives, Peter King — who has Galway roots — has urged Galway City Council officials to shelve their plans to commemorate the Argentinian revolutionary figure.

The plan to erect a statue to Che Guevara was first proposed by Labour Party Councillor Billy Cameron and initially received widespread support from councillors, but subsequently confusion arose about the willingness to put a permanent structure in place.

During his traditional St Patrick’s Day visit to the America, Taoiseach Enda Kenny was also given a letter by the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the US House of Representatives, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, calling for the erection of the statue to be blocked.

In a letter to the city’s former mayor, Cllr Padraig Conneely, on House of Representatives-headed paper, Mr King admitted their could be ramifications for the city, should they go ahead with the controversial statue.

“This is a matter of considerable concern within the Irish-American community and should be addressed,” he said in the letter this week.


© Irish Examiner Ltd. All rights reserved

Email Updates

Receive our lunchtime briefing straight to your inbox

More in this Section

Rents soar on back of housing shortage

County Hall may mount legal challenge to Mackinnon

No confirmed sightings of Satchwell since disappearance

Councillors fear losing money-generating areas


Breaking Stories

Offaly Rose Jennifer Byrne named Rose of Tralee 2017 winner

Lightning leaves 2,000 with no electricity; flooding reported in four counties

Gardaí issue appeal for help in finding teenage boy

Latest: Six people in hospital, one in serious condition, after pedestrians hit by car in Dublin

Lifestyle

GameTech: Uncharted territory looks very familiar

Detroit's racist themes are sadly relevant to this day

#Hashtag10: Important Irish hastags of the last 10 years

Friendship is taken as read when you're part of a book club

More From The Irish Examiner