Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Liberties

Walked to a museum north of the Liffey today and went through the area of town that I'm covering for the Liberty newspaper. The area is called the Liberties because it was once outside of Dublin's city walls, therefore they did not have to pay taxes to the city (I think I just heard every Tea Party Nation member quiver at the thought). Here are two shots from my walk.

The statue of the Sacred Heart, found on Gray Street, was a well-known location for drug dealing, particularly heroin, in the 1970s and '80s. In 1979, the statue and surrounding area was cleaned up by the city of Dublin in preparation for Pope John Paul II's visit, but the Pope did not pass through the Liberties.

"Vote No" graffiti can be found all over the city of Dublin from the 2008 referendum of the Lisbon Treaty. Many argued that the treaty centralized the EU and weakened democracy.

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