Poster ban for Abbeyfeale, other towns on the cards

Gerard Fitzgibbon

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Gerard Fitzgibbon

A BAN on election posters could be extended to Abbeyfeale and other large towns following the recent success of a similar measure in Newcastle West, Limerick County Council has confirmed.

A BAN on election posters could be extended to Abbeyfeale and other large towns following the recent success of a similar measure in Newcastle West, Limerick County Council has confirmed.

Director of environment services, Gerry Behan, said that the plan to prohibit posters in the 50 kmph speed limit area of Newcastle West during the presidential election was “successful”, and could now be rolled out in large towns across the county.

The ban was introduced on a trial basis in Newcastle West and is based on a voluntary ‘honour’ system, whereby candidates are asked to respect a no-poster policy in the built up area.

Mr Behan said that while the council cannot legally enforce the ban, he is “reasonably confident” that it would work on a wider basis.

“The general feeling is that posters are very expensive, block footpaths and almost cause a traffic hazard.

“The law doesn’t allow you to ban the things, but I’m reasonably confident that the voluntary thing will work and add its own pressure. If you have a local election with thirteen candidates, and eleven of them adhere to the ban, it won’t show the two that don’t in a good light”.

*A full version of this story was published in the Limerick Leader, print edition, dated December 17, 2011