Belfast’s dreadful murals should be consigned to the past

Amateurish images combine tired grievances with trite sloganeering

An IRA mural in west Belfast. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

An IRA mural in west Belfast. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

I have been receiving treatment for a minor injury over the past two months, which has meant cycling – slowly – through the gates in the peace line between my part of Belfast and the Royal Victoria Hospital.

Just past the gates on the republican side is the so-called international wall, where a sixth-form selection of foreign leftist, nationalist and revolutionary causes are given the Belfast mural treatment.

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