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Ireland’s capital to lose one of its most beautiful murals

FOLLOWING a lack of planning permission, the area of Smithfield in Dublin’s City Centre could soon be Stormzy-less.

The city’s council have instructed that the mural to the British rapper be taken down as the collective responsible for the painting, Subset, did not seek permission before the project.

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This is not the first time Dublin City Council have instructed the taking down of a mural, as they previously ordered for the removal of The Claddagh Embrace by Joe Caslin, a painting that supported the same-sex marriage referendum in 2015.

The Stormzy mural, a scene from Stormzy’s Shut Up video was painted in honour of the rapper’s show in The Olympia earlier this year attracted attention from hundreds of fans across the city and even the attention of the rapper himself.

Dublin City Council have informed Subset the mural will be removed by December 15th, which prompted the collective to respond by partially painting over the mural, á la the style of Banksy.

They also painted another mural in protest to the council’s request. a picture of Donald Trump wearing a hat that read “make america grey again”.

Residents of Dublin and indeed Ireland have been pleading with Dublin City Council to leave the mural as it stands, an artistic staple of the city.

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