Friday 20 April 2018

Donuts are the latest weapon in the ‘Repeal the 8th’ mural controversy

Repeal donuts made by Aungier Danger
Repeal donuts made by Aungier Danger

Cian Murray

The controversy over a ‘Repeal the 8th’ mural has taken a unique turn, with a popular Dublin donut shop creating a pastry inspired by the installation.

Aungier Danger has backed the repeal movement by creating a donut in tribute to the installation, which was removed from the front wall of the Project Arts Centre in Temple Bar on Monday. 

Owner of the Dublin 2 café, Phil Costello, said that this was a direct response to the official warning issued by Dublin City Council.

Mr Costello told "The removal of the mural at the Project Arts Centre the other day compelled us to produce them. You cannot censor art in a digital age.

The popular donut shop has lent support.
The popular donut shop has lent support.

"For us at AD the mural was a message of hope and progress for women's rights but once again darker forces have conspired to try keep us in the dark ages."

Both sides of the argument have reacted to the removal of the Irish artist Maser's installation, with a protest over censorship being held in Temple Bar yesterday.

Attendees painted themselves blue, to argue that something doesn't just disappear if you paint over it.

The Pro Life Campaign responded to the removal by claiming the installation had "nothing to do with art".

“The right decision has been taken to remove this highly political mural which had everything to do with campaigning and nothing to do with art,” Cora Sherlock of the Pro Life Campaign said in a statement.

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