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Youths cut down Labour, Fianna Fáil and Green candidate posters in Dún Laoghaire

The youths said they were “cleaning up the area”.

A NUMBER OF election candidates in the Dún Laoghaire area have reported their posters were cut down overnight as footage emerged of three youths removing a Labour councillor’s poster from a pole.

The footage, captured by supporters of Labour election candidate Carrie Smyth and seen by TheJournal.ie, shows three young men involved in removing the poster.

One of the young men, who is up the ladder, can be seen with what appears to be a stanley knife in his hand.

The man shooting the video asks them what they are doing and the individual on the ladder responds that he is “cleaning up the area” because it is “dirty”.

Fianna Fáil councillor Cormac Devlin and Green Party candidate Ossian Smyth both also reported their posters had been taken down, as well as those of Mary Hanafin.

Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Carrie Smyth said ten Labour posters in total were cut down, mainly in the Blackrock and Monkstown areas.

She said they had been left at the bottom of the poles “to possibly get us fined for littering”.

“It seems to have been targeted to particular posters, those of particular parties,” she said.

She has reported the incident to gardaí and provided them with the video footage.

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