Sinn Féin spokesperson for the arts, youth affairs and LGBTQI rights Senator Fintan Warfield has expressed concern and disappointment after Galway City Council ordered the removal of another mural from the streets of the city.

Senator Warfield said:

“Following reports by the Connacht Tribune, the removal of the William Street mural by Galway artist Finbar247 represents yet another instance where local authorities have defied public will and the wishes of the arts community.

“Major inconsistencies exist across our local authorities concerning street art policy.

“While Galway City Council and Dublin City Council have ordered the removal of murals in recent times, Waterford City has embraced local cultural activity by street artists, in recognition of its ability to reimagine an urban area.

“I am calling on local authorities to foster the culture of street art and to identify suitable public space for the creation of street art, including but not limited to installations, reverse graffiti, stencil graffiti and sticker art.

“An obvious bias towards neutral creativity undermines the potential of the arts in terms of social contribution, developing inclusive arts initiatives, extending the audience base, and empowering our citizens via cultural activity.

“Artists should not and will not be deterred by the regressive attitudes of some in our local authorities”.