Sunday 27 May 2018

Pantibar sign gets reprieve and will stay outside popular bar

The Panti Bar sign above Panti Bar Dublin.
Pic: Justin Farrelly.
The Panti Bar sign above Panti Bar Dublin. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Daire Courtney

Daire Courtney

The famous Panti Bar neon sign has been granted planning permission to remain on Capel Street after an appeal.

Dublin City Council ordered the removal of the sign from the Capel Street bar earlier this year following complaints from members of the public about the sign.

Asolutely DELIGHTED to say we won our appeal and An Bord Pleanála have granted permission for the Pantibar sign to stay!...

Posted by Panti Bliss on Thursday, October 6, 2016

An application to keep it up was rejected and Mr O’Neill appealed straight away.

Mr O’Neill took to Facebook to explain the situation and express his desire for the sign to stay.

“Capel Street is not a museum. It's one of the most vibrant and colourful streets in the whole city (where a rubber stamp shop sits beside a hardware store, beside a Brazilian cafe, beside a Polish supermarket, beside a Thai restaurant, beside an aikido shop, beside a sex shop...) and the Pantibar sign reflects, and adds to that vibrancy.

“The sign also references the nature of the bar, taking cues from "show" signage from The Moulin Rouge to Broadway, to the old lost theatres of Dublin. Indeed, it's already an iconic sign for the city.

"Ask any of the locals and tourists alike who everyday take photographs of it.”

He added: “There is nothing cheap or thoughtless about any of Pantibar's visual communication. I love good design, I love Capel Street. I love Dublin (and wish it weren't blighted by cheap signage that adds nothing to the cityscape).”

The campaign to keep the sign received support from David Quinn, a prominent voice of the No campaign in the marriage referendum last year, who took to Twitter to say the sign should stay.

A petition to save the sign received 19,000 signatures and was delivered by Mr O’Neill to the Council in July.

The appeal to keep the sign has now been approved, and it will stay on Capel Street.

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