A number of candidates running in the local and European elections in Kilkenny have been issued a stern rebuke by the local authorities over the location of some of their posters.
Council workers removed around 50 election posters from the ring road last Thursday night, because they were erected ‘inappropriately, carelessly, and in some cases dangerously’ – in some cases at roundabouts or junctions. The majority of posters were those of candidates running in the European elections, although two local candidates were notified also.
“These posters were considered to be a traffic hazard and the candidates have been informed of this,” said senior council engineer Kieran Fitzgerald.
“Should there be a repeat offence, the council will consider prosecution. Two of the posters related to local candidates and they have been made aware of this.”
There are a number of rules governing posters. In general, they should not be erected on regulatory signage (speed limit, stop or yield signs).
A complaint has also been made about signs in the Butts/Waterbarracks area at too low a level, where they might be obstructing footpaths. Literature fixed to litter bins or buildings is considered an offence under the Litter Act.
There is also an unwritten protocol whereby posters are not permitted in the central area (including High Street) and they will be removed if found here.