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Mural supporting 'yes' vote in equality referendum may have to be removed - Dublin City Council

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13/04/15 Massive mural pictured on the side of the Mercantile building at the junction of South Great George?s St and Dame St. Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

13/04/15 Massive mural pictured on the side of the Mercantile building at the junction of South Great George?s St and Dame St. Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

14/04/2015. Same Sex Mural. The work of Irish artist Joe Caslin on the theme of same sex love and marriage. For this latest project, he created the four-storey drawing of two young men embracing as a poignant representation of same sex love in the city. It was installed on the side of the Mercantile building at the junction of South Great Georges St and Dame St. 
in Dublin. Ireland will be facing into a referendum on the issue of same sex marriage on the 22 May 2015. The latest opinion polls suggest it will be passed, and both sides in the debate are putting in place country wide campaign plans. If it is passed it will be a further indication how far the Irish Republic has come in distancing itself from the control of the catholic church. Since the country passed laws in favour of the once banned divorce and contraception, it has gone through huge social change with a young and mainly secular orientated population emerging. This combined with the recent revelations regarding the abuse of children by members of religious orders has broken the hold which the church once had over the population.

14/04/2015. Same Sex Mural. The work of Irish artist Joe Caslin on the theme of same sex love and marriage. For this latest project, he created the four-storey drawing of two young men embracing as a poignant representation of same sex love in the city. It was installed on the side of the Mercantile building at the junction of South Great Georges St and Dame St. in Dublin. Ireland will be facing into a referendum on the issue of same sex marriage on the 22 May 2015. The latest opinion polls suggest it will be passed, and both sides in the debate are putting in place country wide campaign plans. If it is passed it will be a further indication how far the Irish Republic has come in distancing itself from the control of the catholic church. Since the country passed laws in favour of the once banned divorce and contraception, it has gone through huge social change with a young and mainly secular orientated population emerging. This combined with the recent revelations regarding the abuse of children by members of religious orders has broken the hold which the church once had over the population.

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13/04/15 Massive mural pictured on the side of the Mercantile building at the junction of South Great George's St and Dame St. Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

13/04/15 Massive mural pictured on the side of the Mercantile building at the junction of South Great George's St and Dame St. Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

13/04/15 Massive mural pictured on the side of the Mercantile building at the junction of South Great George?s St and Dame St. Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

13/04/15 Massive mural pictured on the side of the Mercantile building at the junction of South Great George?s St and Dame St. Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

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13/04/15 Massive mural pictured on the side of the Mercantile building at the junction of South Great George?s St and Dame St. Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

A mural supporting the ‘Yes’ vote in the marriage equality referendum may have to be taken down because no planning permission was granted for the artwork.

The mural, painted on the side of a building on South Great George’s Street in the capital and depicting two men embracing, was created by artist Joe Caslin.

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13/04/15 Massive same sex marriage mural pictured on the side of the Mercantile building at the junction of South Great George?s St and Dame St. Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

13/04/15 Massive same sex marriage mural pictured on the side of the Mercantile building at the junction of South Great George?s St and Dame St. Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

13/04/15 Massive same sex marriage mural pictured on the side of the Mercantile building at the junction of South Great George?s St and Dame St. Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

However, a letter was sent to Mr Caslin this week from Dublin City Council, warning him that the artwork would have to be removed as no planning permission was sought for the piece.

Councillor Mannix Flynn explained that the only issue was with planning permission, rather than the actual content of the mural.

“I’m totally for the ‘Yes’ campaign and, personally, I think that it is a fine piece of art, but it’s simply about adhering to the regulations and making sure there is consistency,” he told the Herald.

The councillor added that the artist can apply for a retention to keep the mural, with Mr Flynn saying he “couldn’t see the council refusing it”.

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