It Is A Criminal Offence To Graffiti The Walls Or Other Areas On Windmill Lane
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Your comments are invited.
Over the years I have been contacted by people asking me to list the locations where graffiti was legal and I have responded by indicating that it is illegal in Ireland and then they would contact me with the following information that they had found online: "There are places that it is legal, e.g. under the ‘bridge of peace’ in Drogheda, Windmill Lane in Dublin. You could always ask permission from the wall owner, the business or local county council to do a mural". Sadly this information is in general incorrect.
Graffiti is illegal in Windmill Lane (as you can see from the notice in my photograph) and the owner of a wall or a house does not have an automatic right to give permission to place graffiti in public view as there may be planning permission or other issues. I have not been able to establish the status of the bridge in Drogheda especially as much of the art appears to be sponsored but I strongly suspect that it is not legal but that it may be tolerated as a tourist attraction.
In the case of Windmill Lane it was tolerated because it was a tourist attraction. As I have seen not one tourist during my most recent visits to the area it is likely that the local authorities have decided that they can no longer allow the situation to continue.