Statue for our ‘Pim­per­nel’?

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - LETTERS -

JOE DUFFY’S ref­er­ence in his col­umn last week to Mon­signor Hugh O’Fla­herty was very timely.

Seán Rus­sell, a Nazi col­lab­o­ra­tor and for­mer IRA chief of staff dur­ing World War II has a statue in Fairview Park to hon­our him.

It’s doubt­ful that a statue will ever be erected in Dublin for a true Ir­ish hero of that war, Mon­signor O’Fla­herty, who was known as the Vat­i­can Pim­per­nel.

The mon­signor saved the lives of many Jews and Al­lied troops, and as a re­sult he was awarded the CBE.

How­ever, the mon­signor might fi­nally re­ceive the over­due recog­ni­tion due to him if Pope Fran­cis, dur­ing his visit to the Re­pub­lic this month, were to ad­vo­cate the erect­ing of a statue in our cap­i­tal in his hon­our, as the mon­signor was a se­nior of­fi­cial of the Ro­man Curia. Tony Mo­ri­arty, Dublin 6W.

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