Council says modified election posters within ‘protocol’

A city councillor who has put up modified election posters is not breaking the rules, according to Dublin City Council.

The election posters for Cllr Aine Clancy (Labour) – who is running in heavily contested Dublin Central constituency in the forthcoming general election – have been modified and now include details of a public meeting in small text on the front of the posters.

Spray paint covers part of the back of the posters, leaving just ‘Clancy’ visible and no reference to the meeting.

“There is a protocol in place which was adopted   by the council. The councillor applied for and was granted the right to put up posters advertising the meeting.  All protocol was adhered to,” Paul Finan at the Dublin City Council told Dublin Observer this afternoon.

Local authorities had warned each poster put up before an election is called, or 30 days before polling day, would attract a €150 fine. But the protocol acts as a loop hole allowing candidates to get their faces and names on street polls before this time.

The councillor also this afternoon tweeted, in response to a question, that the “posters are for [a] public meeting on mon 31st. Organised when we thought #ge11 would be at end Mar, permit obtained from DCC.”

The inserted text on the posters are advertising a public meeting, ‘Way forward for Ireland’, with Fergus Finlay and Clancy. It is hosted by Labour Women and will be held on Monday at 8pm in the Skylon Hotel

Our images show the posters in Drumcondra and Glasnevin yesterday and today.

The election, previously announced for March, is now due to happen earlier, Taoiseach Brian Cowen has said he will seek the dissolution of the Dail on Tuesday. Reports say the election is most likely to be held on February 25.

Although the opposition had been calling for an early election, there is some frustration from candidates. Fingal Councillor Alan Farrel (Fine Gael), who is a general election candidate for Dublin North, said on twitter this morning: “Posters to go up on Tuesday, such a waste of time, money and effort. #ge11.”

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