Saturday 22 October 2016

‘Putting blue paint over it won’t make it go away’- Protest held over the removal of Repeal the 8th mural at Temple Bar

Catherine Devine

Published 26/07/2016 | 14:34

Protest over the removal of the Repeal the 8th mural at Temple Bar
Protest over the removal of the Repeal the 8th mural at Temple Bar

A protest was held at the Project Arts Centre in Temple Bar today over the removal of the Repeal the 8th mural.

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The mural, painted by Irish artist Maser, was removed from the front wall of the Project Arts Centre following a warning notice from Dublin City Council.

People painted themselves with blue to show that “painting something blue won’t make it go away”.

Organiser of the protest, Grace Fitzgerald said: "A lot of people feel like we're being silenced. You can't cover something like this up, it's not going to go away.

"I got so angry, I feel so useless. Today people are going to paint their faces blue so you think it's covered up but you can see that there's still someone there and it's still a very real issue."

Katie O’Kelly said: “I was involved in organising today because I was very angry and horrified at the act of censorship that they were trying to carry out by removing the Maser mural. They’re trying to not only censor women’s bodies but also art. It’s not happening anymore, we’re not going to stand for it.

"Blue paint will not get rid of the stories of women having to go abroad in order to get medical treatment. We’re in the 21st century; it’s ridiculous that this is till an issue. Women who are of child bearing age now have never been given a vote on this.”

Afric Ní Chríodáin said she was in “shock” over the abrupt decision to remove it.

“I’m in shock that it was taken down so fast and abruptly. It was a really good piece of art by a respected artist and I don’t think it was hate speech or anything,” she said.

Aoife Leonard said: “It felt like a really exciting time because we had the mural go up and we had repeal jumpers and it felt like the ball was really moving and we were gathering momentum. It’s disheartening.”

She said she’d like to see a referendum on the issue be put to the people but that there is still a lot of work to be done first.

“It needs to happen at the right time when people are ready for it. The mural, the jumpers, the discussions they’re all the lead up to making an informed decision on the issue.”

Meanwhile, Irish artist and creator of the Ché image, Jim Fitzpatrick, has also weighed into the debate.

The renowned artist wrote on Twitter that he is volunteering to paint another one.

He wrote: "Ah f**k them, let's just paint another one. I volunteer this tiome. More can follow when they remove mine. #Repealthe8th".

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