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The Daily Poll

Poll: Graffiti - is it art or vandalism?

While London police are chasing a tagger who has caused £1m of damage to property, Dublin City Council is struggling to pay for the removal of graffiti here. But should they bother? You tell us…

POLICE IN LONDON are hunting a graffiti artist who they say has caused more than £1m sterling of damage to property in the city.

On Fixyourstreet.ie, a portal for citizens in Dublin city to notify local authorities of eyesores or inconveniences on their streets, one of the categories of complaint covers spraypaint graffiti. Answering one complaint, South Dublin City Council notes that “offensive graffiti will be prioritised for removal”.

Dublin City Council spent €439,000 on removing graffiti last year (but they only have €150,000 this year to tackle the issue according to Labour Councillor Mary Freehill).

What do you think of graffiti? Is it art or is it vandalism?


Poll Results:

Some of it is art - but most isn't (861)
Most of it is art - but some isn't (301)
It's outright vandalism (264)
It's a valid artistic expression (244)

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