Tuesday 27 September 2016

Young woman 'lucky to not lose an eye' as Fine Gael election poster slices forehead

David Kearns

Published 21/02/2016 | 15:30

Maria in Tallaght Hospital receiving treatment for her wound
Maria in Tallaght Hospital receiving treatment for her wound

A young woman was “lucky to not lose an eye” after a general election poster came loose and cut a two inch gash just above her forehead.

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Clondalkin-native Maria - who said she did not wish her last name to be known - was walking along the Firhouse Rd near the Old Mill in South Dublin shortly before midday when a poster belonging to local Fine Gael councillor Karen Warren stuck her from above.

The heavy corrugated plastic board, measuring 48” x 32”, slice deep into the young woman’s hairline and left behind a bloody two inch gash.

“She’s lucky she didn’t lose an eye,” said a close friend. “Had it been a little bit lower, she wouldn’t just be getting stitches now.”

The wound Maria received after an election poster fall on her head
The wound Maria received after an election poster fall on her head

Maria was taken in an ambulance to Tallaght Hospital, were she was treated for a nasty head wound.

“All Maria was doing was walking along Firhouse Rd when the poster came down and cut her head," the friend continued.

“A lot of her clothes were ruined too because of the amount of blood.

“It’s just very upsetting because people should be more aware when they’re putting these posters up.

The coat Maria was wearing when she was hurt
The coat Maria was wearing when she was hurt

“They go up willy-nilly.”

Speaking to Independent.ie, Fine Gael councillor and general election candidate for Dublin South-West Ms Warren said she was aware of the incident and would be passing the young woman’s details on to her party’s insurance company.

“We’ve been out every second day fixing posters and trying to keep them as safe as possible but unfortunately awful things like this can happen.

“It’s terrible to be honest; it’s left me very shocked. That poor girl.

"We only had someone out yesterday tightening up the posters."

Dublin South-West candidate Karen Warren said the incident had shocked her and called for a ban on election posters
Dublin South-West candidate Karen Warren said the incident had shocked her and called for a ban on election posters

She continued: “Honestly, I’d be happy if they banned posters altogether. They’re awful things.

“If they have to go up, it should only be in certain places… with limits on how many each candidate is allowed.

“I’d fully support a ban,” she added.

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