Repeal mural painted over after complaints by regulator
Artists and campaigners gathered outside Dublin's Project Arts Centre to protest over the removal of an eye-catching repeal the Eighth mural.
The heart-shaped, red-and-white mural was designed by street artist Maser and has decorated the wall of the arts centre since early April.
Last week, the Charities Regulator informed artistic director Cian O'Brien that as a registered charity, Project was obliged to remove the mural as it constitutes "political activity" and was in breach of the Charities Act 2009.
It is the second time a mural by Maser on this site has been painted over; in 2016 a similar mural was removed as it did not adhere to Temple Bar planning codes.
Mr O'Brien said he felt disappointed as the Project has a 52-year history of provocative works, but "through its absence this artwork lives on as they take this heart into their heart".
Cora Sherlock, of the LoveBoth pro-life campaign, said the artwork would have been balanced if there had been a pro-life mural of the same scale on the adjoining wall. "Despite our repeated requests for equal access to space in the Project Arts Centre we have received no access," she said.
Project said it received a request and it had invited LoveBoth to submit a proposal, but had not received one.