Waterford City monument to Noel Browne vandalised for a second time
A monument erected to a Waterford man credited with a social revolution in Ireland has been the target of vandalism, for the second time in just over a year.
The Dr Noel Browne monument, located on the site of where he was born on Bath Street in Waterford City, was knocked off its supports overnight on Monday.
Dr Browne was responsible for trying to push through the ‘Mother and Child scheme’ in Ireland in the 1950s. The scheme allowed mothers and their children up to the age of 16 to avail of free healthcare within the state system.
Up to that point more than 25,000 children a year were dying in Ireland due to not being able to access health services.
The scheme was met with fierce opposition within political circles, the Catholic Church and the medical profession. It is credited with bringing down John A. Costello’s coalition government in 1951. Dr Browne’s persistence is credited in the creation of a far wider reaching public healthcare system in Ireland.
WaterfordNow.ie contacted the gardai, but they said they have not received any reports of the incident.
Waterford City and County Council have also been contacted for comment.