A popular t-shirt slogan daubed on the walls of City Hall last week appears to have been a bold broadside swipe at the local authority’s attitude to ‘tagging’ and graffiti in the city.
Council officials arriving to work last Thursday morning were confronted by the graffiti at the main entrance to City Hall and a message which read: “Dear Karma, I have a list of people you missed!”
The message finished with the letters ‘M.I.B’ - apparently a well known ‘call sign’ belonging to a tagger active in Limerick who has boldly left his autograph at this and other scenes.
The message would appear to be a backhanded reference to the recent prosecution of taggers who damaged buildings across the city.
Gardai have been informed and are investigating this most recent incident.
Four young men were prosecuted in June by gardai and Limerick City Council in relation to the so-called tagging of buildings over several months last year.
More than €20,000 worth of damage was caused to a variety of buildings which were targeted by the defendants including shops, business premises, schools and sporting facilities.
Following the intervention of Una Heaton, the director of the Frank McCourt Museum, all four men agreed to carry out cleanup works at some of the buildings which had been tagged.
However, two of the four defendants were later found to have failed to satisfactorily carried out the works as approved by the court.
The nature of the graffiti at City Hall, initially dismissed by the council last week, has been source of some discomfort for the local authority, which has found it hard to remove and has had to call in a specialist crew from Cork to do so.
“The Council has been unable to remove the graffiti due to the nature of the surface on which it was placed,” said a spokesperson.
“A graffiti removal specialist has been requested to remove the graffiti today, Monday.
“The incident has been reported to An Garda Síochána, who are now investigating the incident,” he added.
A figure for the financial cost of the graffiti’s removal was unavailable at the time of going to press.