Fury as Georgian building in Merrion Square painted black

by Rachel Darcy

Dubliners have been reacting with anger as one of the Georgian Buildings in Merrion Square has been painted entirely black.

The building is adjoined to the Mont Hotel that has recently undergone a redevelopment. Located on Merrion Square West, the building was formally painted white.

Oscar’s Bar and Kitchen used to occupy the ground floor of the building, though this venue is now closed. The offending building is located in a tourist hotspot, just across the road from the iconic Oscar Wilde statue, and a short walk from the Natural History Museum.

Cuan Ó Seireadáin shared images of the newly blackened building on Twitter, with some commentators saying that the building is visible from as far as the north side of Merrion Square.

Many people queried how the owner of the building was able to get permission to paint the building black, whilst others said it would be difficult to remove the colour if the owners were to change their mind.

“That will not be easy to remove when they change their mind in a few years,” Seán remarked.

Colm said: “I remember working in a shop on Capel Street and the color scheme on the ceiling could not even be altered without the permission of the City Council.”

In response to a query from Dublin Gazette, a spokesperson from Dublin City Council said that the painting of the building is currently under investigation by Dublin City Council’s Planning Enforcement Section.

The Mont Hotel have been contacted for comment.

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