“Mayo county council should hang its head in shame for the way it removed the memorial along the N5 that had been erected in memory of the late Joe Deacy”. That was the clear view expressed by independent Ballina councillor Gerry Ginty at the monthly meeting of Mayo County Council.

Speaking to Midwest News today, the councillor says he now hopes that Mayo County Council will allow the family of the young man to erect a memorial in his honour.

21 years old Joe Deacy was found with head injuries outside a house at Gortnasillagh, Swinford in August of 2017. He later died of his injuries. Despite a number of arrests , no one has been charged in connection with his death.

Earlier this year the council removed the memorial that had been erected by his family and friends between Bohola and Swinford, along the N5.

Councillor Ginty insists it was a “shameful episode” by the local authority to remove a memorial in the way they did, when the family of Joe Deacy are still grieving and heartbroken by the circumstances of his death.

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