A controversial mural calling for our abortion laws to be scrapped is being removed from a wall in Temple Bar today because it breaches planning laws.
The artwork on the front of the Project Theatre features the slogan "Repeal the 8th" and is by the well-known, but anonymous, Dublin artist Maser. It was commissioned by The Hunreal Issues; a group which aims to make politics more accessible.
The Project Threatre says around 200 people got in touch to support the artwork but it also received 50 complaints. Now Dublin City Council has ordered the mural be taken down on the grounds it breaches planning laws.
The Project's Cian O'Brien believes the pro choice message was more problematic for people than planning
"We've had murals on the wall for the last two years without any comment or complaint. Clearly it is a very divisive issue so I would imagine that is why (the City Council) received so many complaints"
The Project says it's happy to comply with city bosses and remove the image. However it's applying for planning permission so it can re-instate it. It's also consulting with officials to figure out how it can feature art on the building's facade in future.