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Councillor calls for removal of 'offensive' art

A FINE Gael town councillor is attempting to have an art installation removed from a local gallery because he says it is "offensive to many people".

But the move has been condemned by another councillor as "narrow-minded" and an attempt to censor history.

Mark Cooney, a member of Athlone Town Council, has put down a motion to remove 'Fragments Sur Les Institutions Republicaines IV' by artist Shane Cullen from the Luan Gallery.

The piece consists of 96 tablets containing a painted recreation of communications smuggled in and out of the H-Block prisons during the 1981 republican hunger strikes.

Sinn Fein councillor Paul Hogan called the motion "a narrow-minded attack on Irish art and an attempt to censor history".

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