AUTHORITIES removed the mural on April 23rd due to criticism received.
The mural was sprayed on the wall of Dublin’s Project Arts Centre in Temple Bar.
The mural featured a red heart on a blue background based on a design by internationally renowned Irish artist Maser, with “Repeal the 8th” written across it, referring to the upcoming vote on May 25th when the people of Ireland will have the chance to decide whether to retain or repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution which bans abortion in Ireland.
The registered charity was told by the Charities Regulator to remove the mural because it was considered to constitute “political activity”.
In a statement, the Project said: “The Charities Regulator has informed Project Arts Centre that the display of Maser’s ‘Repeal the 8th’ artwork is ‘political activity’ and that Project is therefore in breach of the Charities Act 2009 and not in line with Project’s ‘charitable purpose’. Should the artwork not be removed, Project risks losing its charitable status.
“Project Arts Centre respects the authority of the Charities Regulator and will comply with their order to remove Maser’s artwork.”
The mural was painted over by the Project’s artistic director, Cian O’Brien last Monday at 11 am.
Protest growing a bit in size now at the Repeal mural. pic.twitter.com/GyJOC6I7Ok
— Nicky Ryan (@NickyRyan_) April 23, 2018
The same design has been relocated across Dublin city centre since the removal of the red and white design.
Maser's Repeal the 8th design has been repainted on the side of Amnesty International, on Fleet Street in Temple Bar.
While the design is not as easily seen as the Project Arts Centre original, it still sends the message using the colours of Amnesty.
— Jon McBride (@jonmcb) April 27, 2018
— The HunReal Issues (@HunRealIssues) April 27, 2018