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Graffiti on the Alchemy cafe shutters. Pic: Liam Redding.
Graffiti on the Alchemy cafe shutters. Pic: Liam Redding.
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Vandalism has led to calls for the banning of spray paint within the city limits

CALLS are growing to outlaw the use of spray paint in Cork city.

Two city councillors have called on the local authority to outright ban spray cans following a spate of vandalism throughout the South Parish.

The issue has been growing in the Greenmount and Deerpark area in recent months, with public walls and houses tagged with spray paint.

Half a dozen private homes and businesses on Barrack Street and Evergreen Street, including Miyazaki, Alchemy and the coal yard, were also tagged in what business owners described as 'pure vandalism.'

Graffiti on Barrack Street. Pic: Liam Redding.
Graffiti on Barrack Street. Pic: Liam Redding.
Business owners called for increased use of CCTV and a tougher clampdown in response.

Two local councillors - Independents Paudie Dineen and Mick Finn - have now called on Cork City Council to 'ban the sale of spray paint by way of a bye law within the City boundary.'

A motion, due before Cork City Council tonight, called for the materials to remain available for private businesses.

It also called for the development of a log of costs incurred by businesses and Cork City Council in the removal of graffiti tags from businesses and private property, with this money subsequently recouped through fining the perpetrators when apprehended.

The two have also called for the development of a dedicated graffiti-friendly space in the city centre to allow artists to express themselves.

While White St car park was once home to a wide array of street art, the area is due to be developed in the near future, with dozens of new social houses set to be built instead.

Cllrs Dineen and Finn have urged the city to consider finding another space in the city suitable for street art and graffiti which 'could in time become a tourist attraction' similar to those in other cities around the world.