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14th May 2024

Changes to be made at Dublin portal due to ‘inappropriate behaviour’

Simon Kelly

Dublin Portal

Dublin is on the naughty step.

Dublin City Council have announced that ‘technical changes’ are to be implemented at the Dublin to New York portal due to “inappropriate behaviour”.

The art installation which links a live stream of Dublin’s North Earl Street and New York’s Flatiron South Public Plaza has attracted large crowds interacting with each other on either side.

However, a spate of incidents, including a woman being arrested in front of it, someone reportedly showing a picture of the 9/11 attack on their phone and a man mooning some unsuspecting New Yorkers, has led to the council to step in.

On Monday morning, passers-by noticed that the live feed had been cut, however the operator of the portal said it was due to a “technical glitch” in the software.

DCC announced the changes in a statement on Tuesday, saying: “The overwhelming majority of interactions are positive”.

“Unfortunately, we have also been witnessing a very small minority of people engaged in inappropriate behaviour, which has been amplified through social media.

“While we cannot control all of these actions, we are implementing some technical solutions to address this and these will go live in the next 24 hours.

“We will continue to monitor the situation over the coming days with our partners in New York to ensure that Portals continue to deliver a positive experience for both cities and the world.”

Changes to be made at Dublin portal due to ‘inappropriate behaviour’

Lithuanian artist Benediktas Gylys is the mind behind the portal linking the two cities and the project is a collaboration between the likes of Dublin City Council and the EU Capital of Smart Tourism.

Starting from mid-May, the project will feature scheduled programming, including cultural performances, including celebrating New York Design Week Festival.

Upon the portal being unveiled, Lord Mayor of Dublin Daithí De Róiste said: “I would encourage Dubliners and visitors to the city to come and interact with the sculpture and extend an Irish welcome and kindness to cities all over the world.”

A similar portal is also located in Vilnius in Lithuania, as well as Lublin in Poland.

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