It’s an age-old election promise that is repeatedly broken – a vow to remove all posters and cable ties after the votes are counted.
And Mayor David Fitzgerald (FG) presented three bags of evidence at Monday’s meeting of Kilkenny Borough Council.
The plastic sacks in question were full of cable ties taken down this summer by members of Keep Kilkenny Beautiful.
“They went around the city with a step ladder and they spent 14 hours at it,” the mayor noted. And these three bags full represented only about one-sixth of the poles around the city, he said.
“They haven’t been able to identify the political parties but I suspect we are all guilty,” the mayor said.
This prompted Fianna Fáil Cllr Joe Reidy to quip of Fine Gael’s candidate: “Gay Mitchell’s could be removed from the poles already.”
Keep Kilkenny Beautiful will hold its annual awards night next week, and for the first time, Environment Minister Phil Hogan will be in attendance, the mayor said. “I look forward to joining with the minister in this wonderful community night,” he said.