New Repeal the 8th Amendment mural appears after Temple Bar controversy
A new Repeal the 8th Amendment mural has appeared after the mural in Temple Bar was removed by Dublin City Council.
Artist Dara Kenny (23) painted a new colourful version of the mural on a graffiti wall in Arklow.
“I brought my own take to the wall because I was annoyed when Maser’s was painted over,” said Dara.
“I just brought paint and painted something legible and colourful. I used the heart because it resonates with the movement.”
Unlike the wall in Temple Bar, the Arklow wall is designated for graffiti and so planning permission is not required.
“It’s different to Dublin because we don’t need permission. It’s a space given to artists.”
Dara said that there’s a chance that his mural will also be taken down but said he will “paint an even bigger one” if that happens.
“Graffiti is powerful. The message will stay there even when it’s gone.
“I think it’s something positive. A bunch of young girls aged 10 or 11 came up to me yesterday and asked what it meant. I explained it to them and they thought it was great. It’s getting so much attention and it’s great to get the message out there.”
He said he never realised how "powerful" graffiti could be and that the mural is the most powerful thing he has painted in his eight years as an artist.
“It encourages a positive understanding of Repeal the 8th Amendment. I think it’s important that woman have the right to control their own body. It’s ridiculous at this stage,” he said.