Banksy-esque graffiti highlighting the protests appears on Moore Street

A piece of graffiti art purporting to be the work of Banksy has appeared on a wall on Moore Street in Dublin.

Bearing the tag of the infamous graffiti artist, it depicts an updated version of the famous photo of Padraig Pearse surrendering to the British General Lowe in 1916.

In this version, the soldiers are wearing hi-vis jackets, a reference to the ongoing dispute over building works at the historic site.

Protests to 'Save Moore Street' have been ongoing since government plans to redevelop several buildings, including No 16 where the rebel leaders held their last council of war, were announced.

Here is the original photo.

So could this be an authentic Banksy work?

Perhaps but it's unlikely. We've put out a request to the artist for confirmation but the use of the Banksy tag suggests it's not his - he rarely, if ever, tags his work and usually posts the finished pieces to his website.

The last confirmed piece by the notoriously elusive artist was a Les Miserable-inspired mural in London, criticising the use of teargas in The Jungle refugee camp in Calais.

It has since been covered up by developers.

Thanks to John Rooney for sending the photos in.

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