Due to a reported increase in the theft of bronze art work around the country for financial gain, Cllr Tom Wood tabled a motion for the April meeting of South Tipperary County Council calling on management to outline what, if any, plans existed for the protection of works like the High Kings of Munster, on the Cashel motorway.
In a written response he was advised that discussions are on-going with the National Roads Authority regarding motorway maintenance to be undertaken by contractors in the coming months. The letter continues: “This specific issue has been raised by South Tipperary County Council and a response is awaited from the NRA. In the meantime, I have asked the Area Engineer to look at the issue of on-site security.”
Councillor Wood has now asked the local authority to consider the possibility of re-locating the five, twenty foot tall figures, Na h-Ard Rithe, erected in 2004 overlooking the then by-pass near Ballyknock and the work of Orla de Bri following a Public Art Project, to a location where they can be seen, appreciated and protected.