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Wednesday 28 September 2016

'Paint over it' call in gay mural planning row

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Giant mural on the corner of Dame Street is the work of artist Joe Caslin who hopes to get people talking about the referendum.
Giant mural on the corner of Dame Street is the work of artist Joe Caslin who hopes to get people talking about the referendum.
Mural shows a woman kissing another woman

A controversial mural of two men embracing that was installed in Dublin city centre sparked a row yesterday over whether it has planning permission or not.

A Dublin woman has declared the mural should be removed as it had no planning permission.

Martina Burke told Joe Duffy on RTE's Liveline programme she was advocating a No vote in the upcoming same sex marriage referendum next month.

The huge mural was "a monument to unfairness" because it was allowed to remain on display appearing to advocate a Yes vote without planning permission, she said.

She said Dublin City Council should paint over the mural or remove it.

"It would be great if it was painted over....that would show fairness," she said.

A number of callers strongly defended the mural and challenged Ms Burke's stance.

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When the Herald asked Dublin City Council yesterday afternoon to clarify the legal situation regarding the mural, a spokeswoman said that the council was unable to provide a reply within a designated time yesterday.

Joe Caslin, the street artist who created the mural at the corner of George's Street and Dame Street, said recently he wanted the mural to get people talking.

His drawing is based on the famous National Gallery painting The Meeting on the Turret Stairs about a princess and her bodyguard who fall in love but are not allowed to marry.

"Here we are 1,000 years later and we're still talking about a higher power who can prevent that union taking place and that's the core thing - it's just about love," said Mr Caslin.

"I'm not trying to change anyone's opinion, but it's a part of our society and that's what I'm trying to show."

Another mural on display in Dublin consists of a woman kissing another woman entitled 'Love', which has appeared on a large roadside hoarding in South Richmond Street by artist Will St Leger.

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