A Sinn Féin councillor has expressed his dismay that religious statues on Blarney Road have been desecrated once again and has renewed his calls for CCTV to be installed at the grotto.
Incidents of vandalism have been a recurring issue at The Calvary Cross on Blarney Road, the most recent of which took place at the weekend.
One of the statues was marred with red lipstick, with a profanity written across the forehead.
Speaking toCouncillor Kenneth Collins said he visited the grotto with Councillor Mick Nugent yesterday and while most of the markings could be rubbed off, pigment has gotten lodged in the grooves of the statue and it will need to be repainted.
"It’s terrible for the community that maintain and look after The Calvary.
"There is a fantastic committee in place that look after it on a weekly basis," he said.
"If it’s young people I’m calling on them to stop, if it’s a person who has an issue with the Church I’m asking them to go to speak to someone because this type of behaviour is unacceptable," he continued.
Mr Collins said he has been vocal that CCTV needs to be installed at The Calvary Cross before but that he intends to raise this with Cork City Council once again.
"I’ve raised it before that there is a need for CCTV and proper lighting but I’m going to be raising it again in Council. "This needs to be protected," he said.