Thursday 20 July 2017

TD appeals €3,150 election posters litter fine

Posters: Noel Rock. Photo: Tom Burke
Posters: Noel Rock. Photo: Tom Burke

Tom Tuite

Fine Gael's Noel Rock has launched legal proceedings to appeal the severity of a €3,150 fine for breaking litter laws with his "keep the recovery going" posters.

The Dublin North West TD (29) was fined in October at Dublin District Court on nine counts under the 1997 Litter Pollution Act in relation to his posters. Yesterday his barrister successfully applied to Judge John Brennan at the district court for a two-week extension to allow Mr Rock to lodge an appeal, which will go before the circuit court on a later date.

During the hearing on October 4, evidence was given by litter wardens and the court was given photos of the posters - including ones with the TD's picture and a slogan saying "keep the recovery going".

The court heard that two posters were unlawfully put up at Prospect Road on February 3 last year. Litter wardens spotted four more on January 28 at Iona Road, Griffith Avenue and Drumcondra Road. They found another at Collins Avenue on January 26 last.

The general election was not called until February 3. Council litter wardens also found one of his election posters that was left up too long after the vote.

Mr Rock, who was elected to the Dáil in the 2016 General Election, is the youngest Fine Gael Dublin TD.

Irish Independent

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