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15th Jun 2024

‘I just can’t’ – Cllr reacts to ‘alleged interference with ancient human remains’ at Dublin excavation

Stephen Porzio

People have been urged not to share footage of the alleged interference on social media.

A councillor has hit out against footage shared on social media which is alleged to show a person interfering with ancient human remains at the site of an archaeological excavation in Ballyfermot, Dublin.

People Before Profit Councillor for the Ballyfermot/Drimnagh ward Hazel De Nortúin took to Twitter to criticise a video in which someone appears to approach the site before touching and shaking one of the teeth belonging to a skeleton.

Commenting on the footage, the politician said: “Trying to preserve a 600AD Pagan burial site in Ballyfermot and people are down there flicking it’s teeth. I just can’t..

“Save our Irish Heritage, is it?”

The National Museum of Ireland has also responded to the video, stating that it is liaising with the archaeologists on site and An Garda Síochána about the matter.

It also urged people not to share the footage on social media as it “shows human remains”.

On its social media, the museum wrote: “The National Museum of Ireland and the National Monuments Service – Archaeology are aware of footage of alleged interference with ancient human remains on an archaeological excavation in Ballyfermot.

“We are liaising with the archaeologists on site and An Garda Síochána on the matter. Given that this footage shows human remains we would ask people to refrain from sharing it on social media.”

The National Monuments Service also shared the museum’s statement.

JOE has reached out to An Garda Síochána for comment.

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