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Mural supporting 'yes' vote in equality referendum may have to be removed - Dublin City Council

Dublin City Council has written to artist and advised him it might have to be taken down as there was no planning permission granted for artwork

Robin Schiller

Published 22/04/2015 | 13:39

13/04/15 Massive mural pictured on the side of the Mercantile building at the junction of South Great George?s St and Dame St. Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
13/04/15 Massive mural pictured on the side of the Mercantile building at the junction of South Great George?s St and Dame St. Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
14/04/2015. Same Sex Mural. The work of Irish artist Joe Caslin on the theme of same sex love and marriage. For this latest project, he created the four-storey drawing of two young men embracing as a poignant representation of same sex love in the city.
13/04/15 Massive mural pictured on the side of the Mercantile building at the junction of South Great George?s St and Dame St. Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
13/04/15 Massive pictured on the side of the Mercantile building at the junction of South Great George?s St and Dame St. Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

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.

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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.

13/04/15 Massive mural pictured on the side of the Mercantile building at the junction of South Great George?s St and Dame St. Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
13/04/15 Massive mural pictured on the side of the Mercantile building at the junction of South Great George?s St and Dame St. Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

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.

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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 told the Herald.

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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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