Sunday 23 October 2016

Panti defends 'beautiful landmark' sign

Panti Bar on Chapel Street
Panti Bar on Chapel Street
Panti Bliss: 'It's a beautiful landmark for an often overlooked street. It's a traditional, backlit sign'

Drag queen Panti Bliss has defended the use of an illuminated sign outside her bar, which she says is "a beautiful landmark".

The famous bar owner and gay icon came under fire from Dublin City Council following complaints that the sign contravened planning regulations.

Taking to social media last night, Panti insisted that the sign over Pantibar on Capel Street is a "beautiful landmark".

"I'll also point out that our gorgeous sign adds to the street, rather than takes away from it," she said.

"It's a beautiful landmark for an often overlooked street. It's a traditional, backlit sign."

The sign was designed by graphic artist and designer Niall Sweeney, who worked with BL Neon Signs to construct its unique, bright features.


Panti, aka Rory O'Neill, said the sign was "a perfect example of 21st-century Irish signage and craftsmanship".

She said the design was "a challenge" and required special, hand-crafted moulds.

A spokesperson for Dublin City Council (DCC) said a warning was issued to Pantibar over the sign under Section 152 of the Planning Act and that the matter was being "actively pursued".

If DCC rules that the sign does breach regulations it is likely that it will have to be taken down.

If an enforcement order is issued, Pantibar may have to cover the costs.

A DCC spokesperson refused to say how many people complained, but said all complainants will be kept updated on the progress of their investigation.

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