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Mick Wallace erects giant pink Vote No banner on Dublin restaurant

The Independent TD has hung the eye-catching banner on a property in his Italian Quarter on Dublin’s north quays.

INDEPENDENT TD MICK Wallace has erected a large banner on one of his properties on Dublin’s north quays urging people to vote No in Thursday’s referendum.

The banner, which measures 6 metres by 5 metres, is hanging above an Italian restaurant on Lower Ormond Quay which is part of the Italian Quarter, developed by Wallace.

It is not the first time that Wallace has used the Ormond Quay site to let people know where he stands on issues; several years before he was elected to the Dáil, he hung a similarly large banner on the building urging people to vote No to Nice.

The TD has been erecting his own posters and giving public talks urging people to vote No in the referendum on the Fiscal Compact.  ”The Fiscal Treaty has no positives for the people of Ireland,” the TD said today.

Citing election regulations, a spokesperson for Dublin City Council said that election posters are exempt from regular planning permission rules, provided the signs are removed with seven days following the holding of the referendum or election.

This means that as long as the banner is removed by 7 June 2012, it doesn’t break any rules or regulations.

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Mick Wallace said that the Fiscal Treaty is doing nothing to deal with reckless practice on the part of financial institutions, which he said was the cause of the present economic crisis.

“It involves rules that will curtail flexibility for future governments on public spending, it involves a threat that we may not be able to access funds if we happen to need a second bailout, it also involves further cuts on the ordinary people in order to meet the new rules, and it involves fines if we fail to meet the fiscal targets”.

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