Artists to be moved out of Merrion Square for Euro 2020

by Padraig Conlon

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Dublin John Lahart has appealed to Dublin City Council to find an alternative for over 100 artists on Merrion Square who are to be moved to accommodate the Euro 2020 events.

Many artists who trade along the square were informed of the move with a letter attached to their annual licence renewal.

Currently artists pay €240 for their casual trading licences.

Deputy Lahart said the plans could be potentially devastating for the artists who rely on Merrion Square for their business.

“The proposed move will have a crippling effect on the incomes for local artists who regularly sell their works along the railings on Merrion Square,” he said.

“The summer months are the busiest periods for artists in the area with tourists in particularly stopping by to purchase local art.

“The suspending of the artists from selling in their regular position is very unfair.

“They pay €240 each year to be allowed to sell on the square and they should not be asked to move.”

Some of the artists, who have been trading on the square for over 35 years will be excluded which will have a catastrophic impact on artists incomes.

“Artists will loose on a huge portion of their yearly income if they are not allowed sell during the months of June and July.

“The artists are a hugely popular stop off-point for people visiting the city and they should be allowed to remain during one of the busiest periods in the city’s calendar,” concluded Deputy Lahart.

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