Swinford Tidy Towns Request General Election Poster Free Zone For Swinford Town
Swinford Tidy Towns committee have requested All Candidates and All Parties in the upcoming general election to refrain from putting up election posters inside the Swinford town boundaries. Numerous tidy towns groups in towns and villages all over Ireland now request candidates to refrain from erecting election posters inside town & village boundaries. Previously in the local elections, we had requested all the candidates not to put up election posters within the town boundary. This made a huge difference to the appearance of the town and was very much appreciated by the community. We would again like to thank all the candidates and political parties that cooperated with our request at the time. We would ask all election agents to please notify contractors employed to erect election posters of our request. We would also ask them when removing posters to please take away the cable ties including any other cable ties left behind and recycle them appropriately. We would like to wish all General Election Candidates the best of luck and thank them for their cooperation.
Reminder of the Litter Law Relating to Election Posters in Ireland:
Posters may only be erected for a certain specified time period before an election. This time period is either (a) 30 days before the poll date or (b) from the date the polling day order for the election has been made, whichever provides the shorter period of time. Posters must be removed within 7 days of polling day. These requirements for election posters are set out under section 19 of the Litter Pollution Act 1997 and the Electoral (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 2009. What penalties are in place for breaches of the legislation governing election/referendum posters? A. The responsibility for enforcement of litter law lies with the local authority. Any election/referendum posters in place before or after the stipulated time frame are deemed to be in breach of the legislation and are subject to an on-the-spot litter fine of €150 euro. Local authorities are also responsible for the removal of posters which constitute a hazard to either pedestrians or road users. Complaints about such posters should be made directly to the appropriate local authority stipulating their exact location to enable local authorities arrange for their removal.
Source: Litter Law Ireland
Our Chairperson Imelda was interviewed on the Tommy Marren show on Midwest radio on Monday the 1st February 2016. Have a listen here;
2016 Irish General Election Called on 3rd February
On the day that the 2016 Irish general election was called, Swinford Tidy Towns chairperson Imelda Kelly was interviewed on CRC fm about our request for candidates to refrain from putting up election posters inside the town environs. Angela Fraull interviewed Imelda, have a listen here;