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Fianna Fáil has had more problems with Mary Fitzpatrick's posters

The party’s European candidate in Dublin has had a number of poster-related controversies this week.

Mary Fitzpatrick with party leader Micheál Martin in Dublin earlier today
Mary Fitzpatrick with party leader Micheál Martin in Dublin earlier today
Image: votemaryfitz/Twitter

FIANNA FÁIL’S EUROPEAN election candidate for Dublin Mary Fitzpatrick has faced further problems with her election posters over the last 24 hours with some blocking traffic lights and others being hung in areas where they’re banned.

Fitzpatrick’s posters have already caused controversy in the last seven days after they were erected four days before they were allowed in Clontarf last weekend.

On Wednesday, a poster erected on Custom House Quay blocked traffic lights forcing the party to have then taken down as soon as it was notified by this website.

Today, on foot of another reader submission, we notified the party of another instance of Fitzpatrick’s posters blocking traffic lights along Inns Quay in Dublin city centre.

We were told they would be taken down “as a matter of priority”.

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Then this afternoon on Twitter, Fitzpatrick was asked to remove posters from Clondalkin village where candidates adhere to a voluntary poster ban:

Finally, this evening, the Photocall picture agency snapped a poster that has been defaced on the Long Mile Road with the writing saying that the poster is hung too low:

Election Posters. Pictured is a defaced Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Election Posters. Pictured is a defaced Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

We contacted Fianna Fail this evening with its director of elections Timmy Dooley admitting that “every now and again posters will be put up that fall below the standard”.

He added: “When it is brought to our attention we’re happy to deal with it. We’re very thankful to the large number of volunteers who have joined the campaign and are contributing every way they can in supporting her.”

Several other parties have had poster issues in Dublin this week.

A Sinn Fein poster partially blocked lights on the North Circular Road on Wednesday.

While earlier today a TheJournal.ie reader snapped this poster from the Green Party council candidate in Pembroke-South Dock, Claire Byrne, which appeared to block traffic lights on Kevin Street:

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A Green Party spokesperson confirmed that they had been notified of the offending poster earlier today, and it has already been taken down.

- additional reporting Nicky Ryan 

Have you seen any posters which are too low or blocking traffic lights or road signs. Drop us an email and your pictures to hugh@thejournal.ie

Read: Cracking down on crime and eliminating parking fees – Fianna Fáil’s plan for Dublin

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