Pro-Equality Mural May Be Taken Down For "Breach of Planning Act"


Dublin City Council planning officials have issued a warning confirming the “unauthorised status” of Joe Caslin’s marriage equality mural on Georges Street.


Joe Caslin’s mural of two men embracing on the corner of Dame Street and George’s Street in Dublin city centre may face removal only two weeks after it was erected – despite being fully permitted by the property owner.

News of the warning notice surfaced on Twitter yesterday, which referenced a breach in Section 152 of the Planning and Development Act. While officials from Dublin City Council were unavailable for comment, Councillor Mannix Flynn confirmed the warning to The Irish Times, saying that it has nothing to do the political message behind the mural in relation to the upcoming marriage referendum.

“It’s the equivalent of having an ad on the building; it’s unauthorised and constitutes a breach of the planning act,” he said.

However, it looks like the mural may not be going anywhere anytime soon. Flynn added, “It could take the guts of three months for this to be dealt with because of due process.”

Already, a petition to keep the mural has been circulated on social media and has already garnered over 1,000 signatures.

Sign the petition here.

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