Friday 19 January 2018

Council send letter seeking 'Yes' mural to be removed


A MURAL supporting the 'Yes' vote in the marriage equality referendum may have to be taken down because no planning permission was granted for the artwork.

The mural, painted on the side of a building on South Great George's Street in the capital and depicting two men embracing, was created by artist Joe Caslin.

However, a letter was sent to Mr Caslin this week from Dublin City Council, warning him that the artwork would have to be removed as no planning permission was sought for the piece.

Councillor Mannix Flynn explained that the only issue was with planning permission, rather than the actual content of the mural.

"I'm totally for the 'Yes' campaign and, personally, I think that it is a fine piece of art, but it's simply about adhering to the regulations and making sure there is consistency," he said.

The councillor added that the artist can apply for a retention to keep the mural, with Mr Flynn saying he "couldn't see the council refusing it".

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