The DublinSnapshots blog remarks that: Curiously, given that Ireland has been independent for over eighty years, no statues in Dublin commemorate independent Irish leaders. I suppose maybe it's because Ireland has only been independent since the 1920s, and it is always a bit strange to see a statues of someone who you've also seen on TV. Indeed, not all of the country is independent of course, and the troubles related to that may be another reason for the lack of statues.
Now, there is a statue of Jim Larkin, a trade union leader, erected in 1977. But none of Eamonn DeValera, for example. None of any leaders of Ireland since independence.
It makes me wonder about whether when the IRA were blowing up old British Empire statues in Dublin during the mid 20th century, was it expressing a general Irish resentment of reverence to statues in general, and therefore the last thing we'd want to do is to put up more statues of our own.
Dublin does have a lot of street art statues though. In a 21st Century Dublin scene below, we see some Eastern European musicians in front of the Molly Malone statue, with Number 1 Grafton Street (the Trinity College Provost's House) in the background.
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