"Cultural strip-mining": Irish people react to the loss of Bernard Shaw pub, removal of murals, tightening of busking laws
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"Cultural strip-mining": Irish people react to the loss of Bernard Shaw pub, removal of murals, tightening of busking laws

Cities in Ireland are being transformed into faceless tourist traps devoid of any individualism.

Rising rents and stagnant wages means people who have lived all their lives in their home city are being forced either to move away or spend most of their wages on keeping a roof over their heads.

Homelessness has reached an estimated 10,000, a room in Dublin city costs more than in London or New York, and more people are emigrating than returning home.

Murals are being removed, busking laws are being tightened and culturally significant buildings are being closed to make room for more hotels.

Here is what Irish people think.

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Of course, not everyone agreed that the closure of the Bernard Shaw was as significant as people were making it out to be.

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But it was never really about a pub closing.

You can ask Dublin City Council to save the Horseboy mural here.

You can ask Dublin City Council to change their minds about the removal of the Sir David Attenborough mural here.

You can ask An Bórd Pleanála to stop the closure of the Bernard Shaw pub and Eatyard venue by signing the petition here.

You can follow the buskers of Galway's fight to reverse the discriminatory busking bye-laws here.

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