Sunday 4 December 2016

Controversial 'Repeal the 8th' mural is removed following warning notice

Warning notice from Dublin City Council

Cian Murray

Published 25/07/2016 | 13:28

Repeal the 8th mural at Temple Bar Photo:HunReal Facebook
Repeal the 8th mural at Temple Bar Photo:HunReal Facebook

Temple Bar's Project Arts Centre has decided to remove a “Repeal the 8th” mural from the front wall of its building following a warning notice from Dublin City Council.

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The mural by Irish artist Maser refers to the 8th Amendment of the constitution that acknowledges the right to life of the unborn child and was commissioned by Hunreal Issues, a new website which aims to make current affairs accessible to all.

The official warning stated that the work was in violation of the Planning & Development Acts.

Project Arts Centre Artistic Director, Cian O’Brien, has expressed disappointment in removing the artwork, but maintains hope that it can be reinstalled at a future date.

“We have had an astonishing response to this artwork by Maser and I want to thank everyone who has contributed to the conversation around this important topic," he said in a statement.

"I in no way wish to censor or silence an artist; I respect the legal position that the DCC Planning Office is in and the parameters within which they are working.

“This artwork occurs in the context of many in the artistic programme.

"It is the first time Project has been presented with a planning notice for a painted artwork on the front of our current building. Project Arts Centre is complying with the planning notice and has removed this artwork.

"We look forward to working through official channels with Maser and The HunReal Issues to explore the possibility of re-installing this work as soon as possible.”

Several formal complaints have been lodged since the mural was installed, but the centre said it has also received messages of support from TDs, senators, Dublin City Councillors, the Union of Students of Ireland, charities, artists, public figures and from members of the public.

A spokesperson for Hunreal issues told Independent.ie they are “clearly devo [devastated] that the mural is coming down today… it’s telling that there have been murals up for over 6 months in the very same spot and there’s never been a peep about it. 

"We’re working with Project Arts Centre and Maser to try and get it back up again.

"Fingers crossed," they added.

Project added that they have received over 200 letters of support for the installation and only 50 complaints.

Independent.ie have contacted Dublin City Council for a response.

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