Limerick City Council set to discuss proposal to ban election posters

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

LARGE election poster campaigns could become a thing of the past, after a motion was lodged with City Council to make the urban area a poster free zone.

LARGE election poster campaigns could become a thing of the past, after a motion was lodged with City Council to make the urban area a poster free zone.

Under the proposals, all postering in the urban area could be banned, with the motion by Fine Gael councillor Jim Long to be discussed at this month’s council meeting.

The city south councillor wants to see a bye-law introduced which would make it illegal to erect posters and tie wraps on lampposts.

If the ban gets approval from all 17 councillors, Cllr Long said this would make Limerick the first of Ireland’s cities to implement such a ban.

“I first mooted this about eight weeks ago. I discussed this with senior officials, and my fellow councillors, and members of the public. They have all welcomed the motion was they express the view that posters and tie wraps blight our city,” he said.

Cllr Long stressed any such ban would not be confined to political posters. He feels outside of election times, there are many people who “exploit” the city in erecting posters.

“We all need to be supportive of this motion to rid the scourge of authorised litter in our city. For the last number of years, there has been considerable unrest as to the amount of posters, and the reckless behaviour of those who put them up, in particular at roundabouts. They do cause a safety issue, and it goes without saying there is complete negligence on behalf of those people,” he said.

Asked if he feels some election candidates could be left at a disadvantage in future, Cllr Long added: “You will get some members saying that it will disenfranchise some candidates. But I will contend that where there are no posters, it will create an even playing ground for all.”