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Graffiti 'taggers' deface top floor of stalled development at Limerick's GPO

A GRAFFITI 'tag' has appeared on the upper levels of developer Robert Butler's stalled 'Hanging Gardens' development on Henry Street, and is clearly visible to traffic entering Limerick via the Shannon Bridge.

A GRAFFITI 'tag' has appeared on the upper levels of developer Robert Butler's stalled 'Hanging Gardens' development on Henry Street, and is clearly visible to traffic entering Limerick via the Shannon Bridge.

The tag is well over six feet high and is located on the top floor of the construction site, which is being built on the GPO site on

Henry Street, meaning that the likely taggers would have had to scale dangerous heights to daub the walls of the uncompleted building.

Mr Butler, who confirmed in April that work had ceased on the GPO site as demand for retail and office space dried up, was unavailable for comment when contacted by the Limerick Leader.

It is understood that no full-time security company is engaged on the stalled development. Gardai in Henry Street are aware of the incident.

"Tagging" or "bombing" has become ever more present in Limerick over the course of the last 12 months, with graffiti appearing on the walls of the 'Stone Jug' building on Catherine Street, and also on the new bridge crossing the Limerick bypass before the Crescent Shopping Centre.

Local graffiti artist Nick Bromfield, who promotes the responsible use of graffiti materials and has organised several council-supported events, told the Limerick Leader that whoever was responsible for the tag was doing it "to be sensational".

"Whoever did it saw an opportunity as it is up so high, and wanted to be sensational and catch attention," said Mr Bromfield.

"Tagging would not be my thing, we are into murals and art, I certainly wouldn't condone this behaviour," he added.

The Hanging Gardens site seems set to remain in limbo, as Mr Butler explained recently that while some j15m has already been invested in the site, another €12m would be required to complete the development.

The site was mooted last year as a possible temporary home for Limerick District Court, but a site on Mulgrave Street was ultimately deemed more suitable.

 
 
 

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