Dublin Councillors unhappy with plan to use Flanders soil for WWI memorial

Dublin Councillors unhappy with plan to use Flanders soil for WWI memorial
Cieran Perry

Councillors in Dublin are unhappy with a plan to use soil from Flanders in a memorial to the 50,000 Irishmen who died there during the First World War.

Belgian officials are talking with Dublin City Council about incorporating the soil in a new landscape feature in the grounds of Christ Church Cathedral.

Independent Councillor Cieran Perry believes the location of the planned memorial is wrong.

"The Flanders project - it's a remembrance of the thousands of ordinary working-class soldiers killed during the barbaric conflict of World War One, but it's not a commemoration of peace," he said.

"The Peace Garden at Christchurch is a celebration of peace, not war, and in my opinion, should remain so."

- Digital desk

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