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category national | environment | feature author Friday June 16, 2006 10:49author by Noise Hacker Report this post to the editors

Justice Minister McDowell: “It seems to be spreading everywhere”

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Is the writing on the wall for Grafiti?

Green Party T.D. John Gormley has called for sweeping measures to stop the “serious problem” of graffiti. Namely:

  • The introduction of specific legislation to deal with the offence of graffiti/street art
  • The establishment of a Special Garda Graffiti Unit to target artists
  • Rewards to be offered for tip-offs on Taggers
  • Community service orders
  • A Graffiti Hotline
  • Revoking the driving licences of graffiti artists
  • Banning the sale of spray paint to minors as well as banning the possession of spray paint in public place.

“If you want to know what is actually occurring inside, underneath, at the center, at any given moment, art is a truer guide than politics, more often than not.” - Percy Windham Lewis (1884-1957)

Deputy Gormley also asked “why have we seen an upsurge in graffiti throughout Dublin? We cannot afford to underestimate the extent of this problem.”

In response to Mr. Gormley, Justice Minister Mr. McDowell (standing in for his colleague the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Deputy Roche) replied, “The constituency Deputy Gormley and I share has been under sustained attack in recent times. It seems to be spreading everywhere.” He also went on to say “Somebody, on doing a little research, should be able to track down where the major sales of spray paint are taking place and to whom it is being sold.”


Transcription of Dail Eireann Speech on Graffiti (8 Jun 2006)
http://www.greenparty.ie/en/in_the_dail/speeches/8_jun_...ffiti

Possession of a spray can could become a criminal offence?
Possession of a spray can could become a criminal offence?

Rewards offered for tip-offs on Taggers. How much is this space worth?
Rewards offered for tip-offs on Taggers. How much is this space worth?

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Hey Minister McDowell…It’s spreading in Co. Kerry too!     Noise Hacker    Fri Jun 09, 2006 20:57 
   A few more from Kerry     Noise Hacker    Fri Jun 09, 2006 21:02 
   Today's Irish Times - Gormley calls for action to tackle graffiti problem     Noise Hacker    Fri Jun 09, 2006 21:06 
   Weekly Political Tip No.23     R. Isible    Fri Jun 09, 2006 22:18 
   Close 'em down     Starchild    Fri Jun 09, 2006 23:33 
   McDowell & Gormley     Activist    Sat Jun 10, 2006 13:05 
   Art and Activism Caravan 2006     AudioHead    Sat Jun 10, 2006 16:31 
   "tackling graffiti" is very expensive & involves residues.     iosaf    Sat Jun 10, 2006 16:49 
   Submit Your Graffiti Removal Tender Now!     AudioHead    Sat Jun 10, 2006 18:11 
 10   Whatever the times, there is no beauty in Graffiti.     Conor J. McGowan    Sun Jun 11, 2006 12:46 
 11   probably correct Conor on the aesthetics side but Graffiti has been with us all as long as literacy.     iosaf    Sun Jun 11, 2006 18:48 
 12   they are all at it     Limerick1919    Wed Jun 14, 2006 03:26 
 13   not my bag     crayon    Wed Jun 14, 2006 11:36 
 14   bad news     df    Wed Jun 14, 2006 21:06 
 15   Iosaf Knows the answer...     Noise Whacker    Fri Jun 16, 2006 11:17 
 16   If Visual Pollution is their Issue...Greens should be tackling corporate billboards     Simon & Garfunkel    Fri Jun 16, 2006 13:20 
 17   WHAT WE ARE DEALING WITH HERE IS A TOTAL LACK OF RESPECT FOR THE LAW!     Noise Hacker    Fri Jun 16, 2006 14:50 
 18   Labour Party Announce “Six-Point Plan to Tackle the Graffiti Scourge” – June 2006     Noise Hacker    Fri Jun 16, 2006 15:12 
 19   constituency office     Alan M.    Fri Jun 16, 2006 15:15 
 20   The shape of things to come ?     Judge Dredd    Fri Jun 16, 2006 15:23 
 21   priceless.     redjade    Fri Jun 16, 2006 15:23 
 22   Related Story Links     Noise Hacker    Fri Jun 16, 2006 15:24 
 23   Griffiti is part of our Culture, our Heritage, our and History – Protect it!     Noise Hacker    Fri Jun 16, 2006 16:43 
 24   in Berlin     tourist    Fri Jun 16, 2006 17:56 
 25   Graffitti versus street art?     Geoff    Fri Jun 16, 2006 19:36 
 26   repressive laws shape the evolution of street art     cycle    Fri Jun 16, 2006 19:57 
 27   Irish Graffiti is establishing and evolving itself on the Internet.     Noise Hacker    Fri Jun 16, 2006 23:01 
 28   Problem Reaction Solution     numenorean    Sat Jun 17, 2006 03:46 
 29   RE Kerry Pics     King Dumb    Sat Jun 17, 2006 14:52 
 30   Re: “King Dumb” You make some valid points about the definition of “graffiti”.     Noise Hacker    Sat Jun 17, 2006 17:54 
 31   Some more new links for the archive.     Noise Hacker    Sat Jun 17, 2006 19:59 
 32   Its uninforceable...     Graffitiman    Sat Jun 17, 2006 23:53 
 33   - New Irish Graffiti Film - 'The Bridge Fire'     Noise Hacker    Sun Jun 18, 2006 00:15 
 34   ** Belfast** - New web site showcasing Belfast’s finest graffiti artists -     Noise Hacker    Sun Jun 18, 2006 00:39 
 35   Trivial issue     Allyates    Sun Jun 18, 2006 17:02 
 36   and more links......     Noise Hacker    Sun Jun 18, 2006 17:06 
 37   Question 14: What is your ethnic or cultural background?     Noise Hacker    Sun Jun 18, 2006 18:05 
 38   gormless gormley     pat c    Sun Jun 18, 2006 20:14 
 39   Sidetrack: chemical weapons     CG    Mon Jun 19, 2006 21:06 
 40   THE GREEN PARTY???     number 6    Mon Jun 19, 2006 22:26 
 41   Well said NR 6     numenorean    Wed Jun 21, 2006 00:27 
 42   why do we need a people police.     numenorean    Wed Jun 21, 2006 00:38 
 43   All images are COPYLEFT - Only on Indymedia.ie!     Noise Hacker    Wed Jun 21, 2006 02:21 
 44   All images are COPYLEFT - Only on Indymedia.ie!     Noise Hacker    Wed Jun 21, 2006 02:25 
 45   Some new and old Irish Graffiti links     Noise Hacker    Wed Jun 21, 2006 03:15 
 46   Context     Ryano    Wed Jun 21, 2006 18:22 
 47   Ryano     pat c    Wed Jun 21, 2006 18:40 
 48   Good taste     leet    Thu Jun 22, 2006 12:57 
 49   Some more contemporary Kerry 'Folk Art'     King Dumb [of Kerry]    Thu Jun 22, 2006 16:30 
 50   and some more...     King Dumb    Thu Jun 22, 2006 16:39 
 51   mo photos     King Dumb    Thu Jun 22, 2006 16:45 
 52   Post your photos of street graffiti wherever you live in Ireland!     Noise Hacker    Thu Jun 22, 2006 20:46 
 53   Ya Basta     Mark C    Thu Jun 22, 2006 21:13 
 54   I've been arrested     Sphinx    Wed Jun 28, 2006 03:49 
 55   double standards     cardz    Wed Jun 28, 2006 11:56 
 56   art or crime     King Dumb    Wed Jun 28, 2006 13:52 
 57   response     Badman    Wed Jun 28, 2006 13:55 
 58   Coca Cola is actively behind and promoting corporate Graffiti in Ireland.     Noise Hacker    Wed Jun 28, 2006 15:17 
 59   Fugly Uckers Corporate Graffiti     Noise Hacker    Sat Jul 01, 2006 11:51 
 60   Fugly Uckers Corporate Graffiti     Noise Hacker    Sat Jul 01, 2006 11:52 
 61   mc d stencil     King Dumb    Sat Jul 01, 2006 19:34 
 62   Citation     d'other    Sat Jul 01, 2006 19:52 
 63   The Sindo Articule can be read here     Sindo    Sat Jul 01, 2006 20:14 
 64   Sindo article requires registration     Phuq Hedd    Sat Jul 01, 2006 20:31 
 65   The Irish Independent Articule.     Sindo    Sat Jul 01, 2006 20:45 
 66   -     undergroundelement    Thu Jul 06, 2006 17:32 
 67   Related Links     Noise Hacker    Sun Jul 09, 2006 19:22 
 68   Ridiculous.     blackangel    Fri Jul 14, 2006 15:10 
 69   Serious Issues?     Jane Doe    Mon Jul 17, 2006 20:32 
 70   Graffiti     Another Randomer    Sat Aug 19, 2006 23:05 
 71   Another example of corporate graffiti at work.     Noise Hacker    Mon Sep 25, 2006 04:32 
 72   couple more links to Irish Graffiti     Noise Hacker    Tue Sep 26, 2006 13:32 
 73   Pictures     Michael    Tue Sep 26, 2006 14:27 
 74   Green What     Ernst Udet 7th    Tue Sep 26, 2006 14:28 
 75   Graffitti     curious    Tue Sep 26, 2006 14:33 
 76   "Talk Talk" joining in on the fun!     Noise Hacker    Tue Sep 26, 2006 17:32 
 77   Links to Irish Graffiti     Noise Hacker    Wed Oct 11, 2006 20:49 
 78   Give me a break     Mike    Sun Nov 05, 2006 12:12 
 79   legal walls     mr******    Sat Dec 30, 2006 02:27 
 80   OK, here's your break mike, now let's see you dance     BBoy    Thu Jan 04, 2007 14:24 
 81   Two thoughts     the digger    Thu Jan 04, 2007 15:33 
 82   ........     emma    Fri Apr 06, 2007 14:11 
 83   point     eoin    Sun Jun 10, 2007 17:21 
 84   The Solution to Graffiti Problems     elbenito    Mon Mar 10, 2008 15:30 
 85   Wat a Wast     denis    Thu May 22, 2008 23:44 
 86   The Writing's on the Wall     Mark C    Fri May 23, 2008 15:21 
 87   let it stay     another artist    Mon Aug 11, 2008 13:46 
 88   Noise Hacker Graffiti Archive Now Available to Download!! 2600 Images     Gadgeteer    Wed Mar 13, 2013 00:27 


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