The family of a young man, who was murdered in Mayo in 2017, say they're very upset by plans by Mayo County Council to take down roadside memorials which were erected in his memory.

21-year old Joe Deacy from St Alban's, Hertfordshire  was discovered with head injuries outside a house at Gortnasillagh, Swinford on Saturday 12 August 2017.

He later passed away in hospital, and Gardai subsequently launched a murder investigation.

Last Summer, a memorial in his memory on the N5 at Bohola was vandalised, and two memorials were later erected - one on the N5 and the other on the Kinnaffe Road.

A family member told Midwest News today that the memorials are an important part of the healing process for Joe's extended family and friends.

However, they received a call from Mayo County Council this morning explaining that the memorials will be removed immediately because of visual distraction to passing motorists.

The family member who spoke to Midwest News say they're devastated and saddened at this development, and are calling on the council to reverse the decision.






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