In the Dáil.
Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger raised the taking down of artist Maser’s Repeal the 8th mural from the Project Arts Centre yesterday.
It was removed after the Charities Regulator informed the centre the artwork is “political activity” and that, as a consequence, the centre is in breach of the Charities Act 2009.
Ms Coppinger, and fellow TD Paul Murphy, held up copies of the mural, as she said:
“I would just like to know what the Taoiseach and others think is so offensive about this – that it should be banned by a State body. And would you agree with me, that we should challenge that… and we should say ‘no, there’s nothing wrong with a heart that calls for repeal’ and there’s nothing… we should not allow political censorship.”
Before Taoiseach Leo Varadkar could respond, Tánaiste Simon Coveney could be heard saying across the chamber:
“Stupid stunts like that do nothing to inform…”
Varadkar says he has no doubt a pro-life or Vote No mural would also have been subject to the same decision, and suggests that another private building owner might commission it to appear there instead #Dail
— Gavan Reilly (@gavreilly) April 24, 2018
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