The sign may be taken down due to public complaints
Following three complaints by members of the public, the sign outside of Dublin LGBTQ+ bar Pantibar may be taken down.
Issues have been raised regarding light pollution and not in keeping with the astethic of the rest of Capel Street, and Dublin City Council released a statement: “It is considered that the proposed sign to be retained by reasons of its projecting nature, size and scale in conjunction with its location above street level and its use of inappropriate materials and lighting would impact adversely on the character and integrity of the area, significantly detract from the visual amenities of the area and set an undesirable precedent for similar development in this area.”
Panti Bliss aka Rory O'Neill, the owner of the bar, told The Irish Times: "We originally didn’t think we would need planning permission as there had been a standard illuminated Carlsberg sign there before. We applied for planning permission and were refused on what I think are silly grounds, and all of which I vehemently disagree with. The sign is of social, cultural and artistic value, and I strongly believe that. I absolutely reject some of the things they have said. It’s been designed to fit perfectly in sync with the building. They claim it’s inappropriate material, which I reject because there is nothing inappropriate about acrylic, which has been in use since the 1800s. Capel Street is not a museum.”
However, support for the sign has arrived from David Quinn, director of the Iona Institute, when he tweeted about the topic earlier this week:
Perhaps this will surprise some, but I reckon the sign outside the Pantibar should be allowed to remain in place. @PantiBliss— David Quinn (@DavQuinn) June 20, 2016
Newstalk.com has contacted David Quinn via the Iona Institute for further comment.
O'Neill is currently appealing the decision to An Bord Pleanala, with the primary argument being that no neon signs are allowed in Dublin City Centre, but O'Neill has responded by saying the sign isn't actually neon, but a traditionally back-lit sign.
here is also an online petition for keeping the sign in place, with just short of 19,000 supporters currently signed up.