Ireland 'Blatant disrespect': David Attenborough mural vandalised with 'climate hoax' graffiti
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A MURAL OF David Attenborough on the side of a property in south Dublin has been vandalised with climate change denial graffiti. The climate change awareness mural of the British naturalist on Longwood Avenue in Portobello has been the subject of a planning dispute since September.
Dublin City Council ordered its removal after alleging that it was painted without planning permission and may be subject to an enforcement order under the Planning and Development Acts. The mural was recently scrawled with huge writing that reads: “climate hoax”.
Green Party councillor Claire Byrne, who represents the area where the mural is located and sits on the council’s Arts, Culture and Recreation committee, said the vandalism was “blatant disrespect, especially when we’re in the fight to keep the street art on the wall”. Byrne said there is a real graffiti tagging problem in the Portobello area and credits the Attenborough mural with helping combat it.
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Other artworks by SUBSET have previously been the subject of enforcement orders by Dublin City Council, notably the Stormzy mural in late 2017. On that occasion, the group launched a visual protest and criticised the council for their decision at the time. It claimed that the move contradicted the local authority’s cultural strategy, in particular its aim to support opportunities for citizens to engage in inclusive and diverse cultural experiences.
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A local resident has described it to 9/11, while gardai have arrested a man in connection with the fire which happened at Beechmount Estate.Speaking on Wednesday, Gary Daly, 35, described the moment he was woken up to 9/11.He said: "The house is beyond habitable. © Seamus Farrelly Gary Daly - one of the residents in one of the homes destroyed by the fire in Navan, Co Meath "It was a pretty bad fire. There was lots of smoke. I’d never seen anything like it. It was like 9/11.”He told the Irish Sun: "We got a bit of a shock but we are okay now."It happened at around 9am.
Dublin City Council has been contacted for comment.
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