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Whoops: Fianna Fáil candidate's poster blocks traffic lights

The poster for MEP hopeful Mary Fitzpatrick was inadvertently put up blocking the lights at Custom House Quay.

Updated 2.38pm

unnamed (2) Source: Dean Cassidy

A FIANNA FÁIL European election candidate’s poster had to be taken down today as it was blocking the traffic lights on a busy Dublin city street.

The poster, which is for Fianna Fáil European Parliament candidate Mary Fitzpatrick, was put up outside Jury’s Inn on Custom House Quay.

A motorist who snapped the above photograph said that the poster “completely blocked the traffic lights for all motorists”.

When contacted by TheJournal.ie, Fitzpatrick said that as soon as she and her team were made aware of the poster, they had asked for it to be taken down “immediately”.

She added that while out canvassing today, she has seen “at least a dozen” posters from other candidates in places where they shouldn’t be.

“We will be ensuring that all of my posters are safe and secure,” Fitzpatrick assured.

Timmy Dooley, National Director of Elections, explained more:

We have a large number of volunteers erecting posters across the Dublin constituency. While have taken every effort to ensure public safety in every instance, this is one that may have fallen short of that standard, and we thank The Journal for bringing it to our attention. This poster was taken down at the earliest available opportunity.

On Saturday, Fitzpatrick was accused of “flouting regulations” after her posters were erected four days before they were legally allowed around parts of Dublin, putting her at risk of being fined thousands of euro.

Her campaign blamed “new volunteers” and promised to investigate.

Read: ESB warns candidates: Don’t put your posters on electrical poles or you may die>

Read: Here’s how candidates have been getting around the law on posters ahead of May’s elections>

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