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Wednesday 4 October 2023 Dublin: 12°C
# planning issue
Warning letter sent calling for removal of giant same-sex marriage mural
It’s on the side of a building on South Great George’s St.

Same Sex Murals Sam Boal / Photocall Ireland Sam Boal / Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland

A WARNING LETTER has been sent from Dublin City Council calling for the giant same-sex marriage mural in Dublin city centre to be removed.

The letter was issued to artist Joe Caslin, he confirmed to

Same Sex Murals Sam Boal / Photocall Ireland Sam Boal / Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland

Councillor Mannix Flynn told that the letter concerns the removal of the black-and-white paper mural over a planning issue, and is not due to the content of the mural.

Stuff like that would fall in breach of planning. It’s a listed building. As far as I know, a lot of complaints came in. They would be forwarded to planning and planning would issue a general warning letter saying it was in breach and requesting removal by a certain date. If that is not removed, a letter of enforcement would be sent out. It’s about due process.

Cllr Flynn said that there is “no question” but that the mural will have to removed.

He continued:

I’m very much a supporter for the Yes camp, and have been campaigning for a Yes vote. but nonetheless, when you see a building like this and a massive piece this size, the law is the law. If there is a laissez-faire attitude, within a short space of time you’ll see people leasing out and renting out the sides of buildings.

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He added that he personally believed if the council had been approached for permission, it would not have said no.

“I think probably it is going to get into a mixed message because it is going to play into the hands of the No campaign who would see the particular artwork as [perhaps] morally dubious they might say,” added Cllr Flynn.

When it was erected, the mural – which was inspired by The Meeting on the Turret Stairs – was widely shared on social media with positive messages.

Caslin said the artwork was in support of the Yes side in the same-sex marriage referendum campaign.

There were calls from some No campaigners for it to be removed, or covered up in the lead-up to the referendum itself.

Read: Calls for marriage equality mural to be removed to “give the No side justice”>

Read: A massive same-sex marriage mural appeared overnight in Dublin city>

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