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Blocking traffic lights and parking in disabled spaces - the poster wars are still raging

A number of incidents have been spotted.

IMG_20160217_090227 The poster was there this morning but has since been removed. Source: TheJournal.ie

AN ELECTION CANDIDATE in Wicklow says he doesn’t know how one of his posters ended up blocking some traffic lights in Bray, but he’s pleased it’s now been taken down.

Fianna Fáil Councillor Pat Casey says that the poster was not erected by his volunteers, adding that he hasn’t been in the area in weeks.

What’s even more surprising is that there are in fact no posters on the street in Bray after candidates agreed to keep lampposts free from electioneering.

The person who sent a photo of the poster to TheJournal.ie also said that they have made a report with Wicklow County Council.

Speaking after the poster was spotted blocking a set of traffic lights, Casey couldn’t explain what had happened.

“I’m not actually aware, I think that’s a joint poster or something that the headquarters are doing,” he said.

If it’s on Main Street I’m even more worried because there are no posters allowed on Main Street. The whole of Main Street as far as I know, and Florence Road and I don’t know which other road.

The poster also bears the name of Cllr Jennifer Cuffe, also running for Fianna Fáil in Wicklow.

After heading down to the intersection where the poster was spotted to remove it, Casey said that it had already been taken down.

He said that he’s already had some incidents of his own posters being removed and speculated that something similarly underhanded could be at play in this case.


IMG-20160210-WA0002 (1) Car full of election posters spotted in Balbriggan last Wednesday.

It’s not the first such incident of questionable postering in the fortnight since the election was called.

One reader who contacted TheJournal.ie said they observed a man erecting Fine Gael and Labour posters in Balbriggan while parked in a disabled zone.

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It was unclear whether the man in question had a disabled sticker on the car but he was seen climbing a ladder to put up the posters.

IMG-20160210-WA0001 (1) The car contained posters from both Fine Gael and Labour. Source: TheJournal.ie

Fine Gael said that the individual in question was not a party volunteer but a contractor paid to put up posters.

Asked whether people contracted to put up posters are given guidelines as to how to do so properly, Fine Gael said they are issued with health and safety guidelines.

Have you spotted any dodgy postering? Let us know

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