Appalling use of Irish taxpayer-funded arts project to promote abortion must stop!
In the last week, the Project Arts Centre, a publicly-funded promoter of contemporary art in Temple Bar, seemingly got into the shameful business of promoting abortion. By allowing the walls of their premises to become a propaganda canvass for the so-called "graffiti artist" Maser, the Project Arts Centre seemingly became a campaigning organisation overnight.
The slogan, ironically encased in a loveheart, is: "Repeal the 8th", which is a direct reference to the 8th Amendment, the Pro-Life Amendment in the Irish Constitution, which gives protections to both the mother and the unborn child, "with due regard for the life of each".
Specifically, with regard to the Project Arts Centre's involvement in this blatant promotion of life-destroying abortion in Ireland, there are two issues at play:
1) Organisations, in receipt of a single donation totalling more than €100, are required to register with the Irish Standards in Public Office (SIPO), as a "Third Party", subjecting them to onerous reporting of donations, etc. According to the SIPO website, the Project Arts Centre is not now registered.
2) The Project Arts Centre receives a full two-thirds of its massive €2.4M budget from public bodies (i.e., the Irish Taxpayer). The Project Arts Centre could literally not keep their doors open if it were not for the Irish Taxpayer. So, not only is it brazenly shameful to use the public's money to promote a position contrary to that of the Constitution itself, it may also be violating the stipulations of the grants which give funding from the aforementioned public bodies (like, the Arts Council, for example) to the Project Arts Centre.
For these two reasons, this petition demands that the Project Arts Council immediately remove (or, have removed) the offensive graffiti from the walls of its premises, or be subject to investigations and reporting requirements from both SIPO and the Irish Government Ombudsman.
Therefore, this petition is addressed to the Secretary of SIPO, Mr Paddy Walsh, and to Irish Government Ombudsman, Mr Peter Tyndall. It is also Cc'ed to Ms Claire O'Neill, the General Manager of the Project Arts Centre.
Since it is possible that the Project Arts Centre has unwittingly been used (or, had its arm twisted) to promote the terrible scourge of abortion, the immediate removal of this graffiti would resolve the issue as to whether or not the Centre is actually a bona fide "Third Party" propagandist, or just a naive fellow-traveller.
Either way, this promotion of abortion, by a majority publicly-funded project, should come to an end with immediate effect.
Thank you for signing this urgent petition.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
The most recent Audited Accounts for the Project Arts Centre (see p. 19) - http://projectartscentre.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/ProjectArtsCentre-AUDITED-ACCOUNTS2013.pdf
SIPO on "Third Parties" - http://www.sipo.gov.ie/en/Forms/Third-Party-Forms/
SIPO Register of Third Parties - http://www.sipo.gov.ie/Website/en/Reports/Register-of-Third-Parties/