A public art installation has been severely damaged in Dublin’s Merrion Square.

The "Touring Tama" was commissioned by Dublin City Council to commemorate Ireland's presidency of the EU.

Artist Miriam McConnon believes a group of youths ripped the artwork, causing considerable damage.

The installation was due to be officially launched by Dublin’s Lord Mayor, however the event has been postponed and the artwork has been taken down.

The huge cloth or "Tama" is made up of handkerchiefs and traditional lace, sewn together.

Ms McConnon said: "It appears that several youths pulled at the artwork for an hour or two while having bottles of beer, until it was completely ripped to shreds."

The artwork was exhibited in a main street in Cyprus and remained undamaged after two weeks.