Campaign for Bolton memorial plaque goes on

THE FIGHT to have a memorial plaque replaced where Ballingar man, Donal Bolton died in Australia two years ago, continued this week as the family looked to Offaly’s local authorities to row in behind their campaign.

THE FIGHT to have a memorial plaque replaced where Ballingar man, Donal Bolton died in Australia two years ago, continued this week as the family looked to Offaly’s local authorities to row in behind their campaign.

Both Offaly County Council and Tullamore Town Council are set to write to the Cairns Regional Council to convey the sentiments of the Bolton family after the matter was raised at their monthly meetings.

Donal’s family is currently attempting to negotiate with the Cairns Regional Council to re-erect a memorial. The plaque, erected originally by the family, was believed to have been en suite for a fortnight before it was removed.

Last week, photographs of the removed memorial were shown to Tullamore Town Councillors by Cllr Brendan Killeavy. The Sinn Fein councillor explained that the Bolton family was in touch with him on this issue.

“They are devastated by the removal of the plaque in Australia. I have been asked by the family to support them on this.” Cllr Killeavy proposed Tullamore Town Council write to Cairns Regional Council and assist the family in getting this plaque replaced. “It’s the right thing to do. Hopefully, the Cairns Council will do something this.”

Meanwhile, this week, Cllr Ger Plunkett, raised the same issue requesting that a letter be sent from Offaly County Council, to the Australian Embassy and the Regional Council to lobby authorities to get the plaque replaced for the Bolton family.

Cllr Sinead Moylan Ryan concurred with Cllr Plunkett’s sentiments, saying it was the “least we could do for them”. A letter is expected to be sent from both local authorities to the Australian authorities re-iterating the family’s wish to have the plaque replaced.