US wants Taoiseach to ban Che Guevara statue

The US House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs has written to the Taoiseach asking him to stop Galway City Council erecting a statue in Eyre Square to South American revolutionary Che Guevara.

The hard-hitting letter, which describes Che Guevara as a “mass murderer”, was sent by House chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican representative for Florida, last Tuesday.

The letter said: “Che was a mass murderer and human rights abuser, whose campaigns led to the murder of countless people throughout Cuba, under the Castro regime, and Latin America.”

The letter goes on to ask the Government to intervene in the issue and to prevent the controversial monument being erected.

Last month Galway City Council announced it planned to erect the statue of the Marxist guerrilla who helped Fidel Castro to power in Cuba in 1959 because of Che’s historic link to Galway via his grandmother, who was a Lynch from the city.

Businessman Declan Ganley said the proposal was “a pet project of a small bunch of extremists in the Labour Party” that would damage the reputation of Galway internationally.

The Taoiseach’s department said it was not in a position to comment as the letter had yet to arrive.


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