A new bill has been proposed in an effort to legalise Dublin street art.
The Public Art Mural (Exempted Development) Bill was announced by Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin, who worked with artist collective Subset.
The group has been behind many well-known murals across the capital.
Willie White is a member of the Arts, Culture and Recreation Strategic Policy Committee on Dublin City Council.
He told Newstalk Breakfast it makes sense to have a proper process in place.
"There's been a long-running wrangle between Subset and Dublin City Council who've enforced planning, and in some cases made them take down murals.
"For example, Stormzy that was down in Smithfield.
"It's a more up-to-date approach to street art.
"People probably still have images of New York subway carriages being bombed into railways yards at night by people scrolling graffiti across them."
'Giving a city character'
Mr White said Dublin needs to catch up with the rest of the country.
"There has to be some kind of process, you can't just put up any old thing anywhere.
"If you look for signs that Dublin's heart is still beating - and I cycled through the city centre this morning - there's lots of dereliction, there are lots of bland developments.
"I think street art is a way of giving a city character.
"There has to be a process, Dublin has to catch up.
"Other cities in the country like Waterford, like Drogheda, Limerick, Cork embrace street art and celebrate it."
He said this is about using neglected and overlooked spaces.
"I'm not talking about slapping something up on the Custom House, Busáras, Dáil Éireann or Trinity.
"I'm talking about neglected and overlooked spaces that could be improved with street art.
"We need to relax and catch up with the rest of the world, and there needs to be a process.
"For example, in Dublin City Council, there has been a public art officer since 2008.
"They've got expertise - so when somebody applies saying 'I want to put something in St Anne's Park or something on O'Connell Street', they're able to judge the merit of this.
"Similarly a process like this seems to be common sense [for street art] instead of wasting loads of time pursuing tiny arts collectives with the legal might of the City Council," he added.
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