A referendum poster in favour of retaining the eighth amendment has been erected on a light pole near the Model National School on O’Connell Avenue
AREAS outside of national schools should remain neutral and free from posters during the upcoming referendum on the Eighth Amendment, a concerned mother has said.
A referendum poster in favour of retaining the eighth amendment has been erected on a light pole near the Model National School on O’Connell Avenue.
The poster, which is located at the pedestrian crossing near the school, reads ‘In England, 1 in 5 babies are aborted.’
The light in question is operated by Limerick City and County Council.
Referendum material erected near schools leaves parents with no choice but to discuss the messages displayed on them, according to mother Anita Bowe whose young son attends the school.
Recently, her son asked what the sign meant.
“School is a safe place for my child and it should remain neutral,” she said.
“I would absolutely feel the same way if this was a Yote Yes poster. This debate shouldn’t be played out near the grounds of a school.
“There should be an expectation that these areas remain neutral given that small children are not emotionally equipped to deal with what it is about. My issue is that it is forcing a conversation with children who don’t know the facts of life yet.
“The areas outside schools should be excluded and posters shouldn’t be up. Children should be given a choice,” Ms Bowe added.
“I can’t stress enough that I’d feel the same way if this was a poster in favour of Yes or No. This isn’t the place to play out an agenda.
“It’s pushing an agenda and it's robbing children of their childhood,” she added.
A spokesperson for Limerick City and County Council said the council deals with queries about referendum posters in the context of compliance with Section 19 of the Litter Pollution Act, 1997.
Road safety concerns reported by members of the public will be investigated, the spokesperson added.
“Limerick City and County Council does not and will not be commenting in relation any other aspect of the upcoming referendum campaign.”