Saturday 20 January 2018

Formal complaints made over ‘Repeal the 8th’ mural in Temple Bar

Repeal the 8th mural at Temple Bar Photo:HunReal Facebook
Repeal the 8th mural at Temple Bar Photo:HunReal Facebook
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Formal complaints have been made to the Project Arts Centre in Temple Bar over a “Repeal the 8th” mural on the front wall of its building

The mural refers to the 8th Amendment of the constitution that acknowledges the right to life of the unborn child.

It was commissioned by HunReal Issues, a new Irish website that hopes to make current affairs accessible to all.

“The most important thing about this for us is that it's intended to stimulate conversation and not continue to brush this issue under the carpet and continue to export it,” said founder of HunReal Issues Andrea Horan.

Street artist Maser designed the mural and used his own graphics and materials to make it.

“Maser used all his own resources, he just wanted to give his talents and voice to the cause,” said Andrea.

However the Project Arts Centre has received many formal complaints about the mural.

“Most of the complaints have been about using taxpayer’s money for something inappropriate but not one penny of their money was used. Maser funded his own materials and the Project Arts Centre let us use their wall.

“Censoring art isn’t a good thing,” said Andrea. “We’ve had a lot of support too. We set up a petition yesterday and there have been many positive comments.”

Andrea who founded the website along with Snapchat star James Kavanagh and Aisling Lawlor said she wanted the mural to make people feel more comfortable discussing the issue of abortion.

"I wanted to make feminism accessible, where you didn't have to be academic to engage.

"With HunReal, we wanted to open the issues up to people who aren't necessarily engaged in politics and currents affairs and to make something they wanted to engage in.”

A spokesperson for the Project Arts Centre told that “there’s been a huge response to the artwork by Maser and the HunReal issues, both positive and negative, with the discussion very much reflecting the strong opinions people have in relation to Repeal the 8th.”

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