A mural that read 'Repeal the 8th' has been removed from the front of the Project Arts Centre building in Dublin's Temple Bar following complaints to Dublin City Council.

In a statement, the centre said it had taken the decision to remove the mural after receiving a warning notice from Dublin City Council Planning Department that the work was in violation of the Planning & Development Acts (2000-2015).

Project Arts Centre Artistic Director Cian O'Brien said they had what he described as "an astonishing response" to the artwork and wanted to thank everyone who has contributed to the conversation around the topic.

He said he in no way wishes to censor or silence an artist.

He said he respects the legal position that the Dublin City Council Planning Office is in and the parameters within which they are working.

Mr O'Brien said it is the first time Project has been presented with a planning notice for a painted artwork on the front of their current building.

He said that the centre is complying with the planning notice and has removed this artwork.

They said they looked forward to working through official channels with the street artist Maser, who created the work, and The HunReal Issues, who commissioned the mural, to explore the possibility of re-installing this work as soon as possible.

In a statement tonight, Dublin City Council said its Planning Enforcement had received seven complaints with respect to the mural.

It said the Planning and Development Regulations 2001, Schedule 2, Part 1, Class 12 allows for "the painting of any external part of any building or other structure" but the painting shall not "be for the purposes of creating a mural".

The council said a previous mural by Joe Caslin painted during the same sex marriage referendum was deemed exempted development as it was erected in connection with a referendum as allowed for under the Planning and Development Regulations 2001, Schedule 2,  Part 2, Exempted Development - Advertisements, Class 14.

The council said a warning letter issued in respect of this mural has now been removed and the file is expected to be closed shortly.