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State Meant places in public view, through a visual art form, the crimes, which the Irish State, its servants and agents and the Catholic Church, its servants and agents, perpetrated on generations of children in the institutions of this State. With the recent collapse of The Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse in Residential Institutions, this work, which has been in progress for a number of years, could not have been brought to the public at a more apt time.  As the saying goes, “Beauty is truth, truth, beauty”. 

State Meant is a truth: a truth that refuses to be obstructed, refuses to bow down to the apparatus of a State and Church that would see it locked away for all eternity. 

State Meant, the extallation, is on free exhibit, courtesy of the artist Gerard Mannix Flynn, on Lower Leeson Street from 22nd September 2003 onwards.

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