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Check out this amazing portrait of James Connolly ... on an Irish Water registration pack

It’s an oil work, not a water painting.

SOME PEOPLE ARE unsure of what to do with their Irish Water registration pack, but one man has found a novel use for the document.

Ger Kenny, an artist from Limerick, has painted a portrait of James Connolly on his application form.

Kenny told TheJournal.ie he will not be paying water charges and created the portrait to “make good use” of the pack.

James Connolly Irish Water Protest

He said he chose to paint the Republican and socialist leader as ”he would never have put the needs of financial institutions or bondholders ahead of the needs of an Irish citizen”.

Connolly would never have taken from the pockets of the most vulnerable people in society to top up the overflowing pockets of some faceless bondholder. I only wish that we had a man like Connolly to lead us today.
Why wasn’t [water infrastructure] upgraded at the height of the Celtic Tiger when we had a surplus in the budget? Strange isn’t it, how water quality, conservation and infrastructure wasn’t an issue at the height of the boom when the country was rolling in cash but now that we don’t have a penny it’s on the agenda.

The portrait was recently shared by Sinn Féin’s deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald on her Facebook page.

mary lou james connolly Source: Helen

Last year Kenny refused to pay the property tax, instead painting a portrait of Taoiseach Enda Kenny on twenty €5 notes.

Enda Kenny - Oil on 20 x €5 notes First of ... Source: Facebook

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