“Monument to peace” mothballed

In March last year the then Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dermot Ahern launched an international competition, with an allocated €5m, to select the design of a monument to be sited at Carrickcarnan, Co Louth, near the Louth-Armagh border. After all, then-Taoiseach Bertie Ahern had promised that, if returned to government, Fianna Fáil would allocate €5m for a permanent “monument to peace” to be located in the border region.. But that was then.. way, way back then.. Today RTÉ reports that plans for the ‘peace monument’ have been scrapped – “for the moment at least”

It’s not known when the project will proceed although the spokesperson said an announcement will be made ahead of any future launch of the competition. It is believed the project has been scrapped due to the dire state of the public finances.