Belfast Telegraph

Artistic statement at ex-bank HQ

A group of artists have made a poignant political statement by staging a guerrilla exhibition at the derelict Anglo Irish Bank headquarters.

The collection of paintings was put in place on Saturday around the outside of the empty building on North Wall Quay, Dublin.

It is understood the numerous artists involved are hoping to spark a debate about Government agency Nama and the state of Ireland as a nation following its economic collapse.

One painting includes the words "scattered to the wind", which is understood to be a reference to the mass emigration of Ireland's youth due to unemployment.

Another piece depicts Taoiseach Enda Kenny opening his shirt to reveal a skeleton with bowels made of coins.

Meanwhile, a separate painting aims to compare former Tanaiste and Health Minister Mary Harney to Star Wars character Jabba the Hut.

The former Anglo Irish Bank, now called the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation, is widely associated with Ireland's downfall as a result of the excessive lending that helped the country go from boom to bust.

The North Wall Quay building was intended as the bank's Dublin headquarters, but it was taken over by Nama when Anglo was nationalised and the Government took responsibility for its debts.

The agency was set up in response to the recession and buys up buildings from developers who can no longer afford to fund them.

Artists have entitled the exhibition Romantic Ireland, in reference to a line from the WB Yeats poem September 2013, which reads "Romantic Ireland's dead and gone".

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