Labour candidate posters put up early 'by mistake'
Published 03/02/2016 | 02:30
The Labour Party claims posters for some of its candidates were put up early by mistake.
But Fine Gael ministers were also guilty of erecting election posters before polling day was announced.
Putting up posters before the election is called is in breach of litter laws and subject to a fine of €150 per poster.
Labour candidate for Dublin South-West Pamela Kearns says she "does not have the resources" to pay fines after her posters were put up.
A commercial agent was hired to put up some of Ms Kearns's signs before the job was sub-contracted out again. Her director of elections Pat Rabbitte said the sub-contractor would "want to be a very heroic man" to put posters up as Storm Henry raged on Monday night.
The posters were removed yesterday after South Dublin County Council received more than 30 complaints. And Ms Kearns apologised for putting the posters up.