Saturday 3 December 2016

Votes in the bag -- the Royal Mail bag

John Fallon

Published 01/03/2011 | 05:00

Royal Mail bags at the count centre in Salthill, Co Galway, during the Galway West count
Royal Mail bags at the count centre in Salthill, Co Galway, during the Galway West count

AN Post used British Royal Mail bags to carry votes because they're "stronger" than Irish bags.

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Bags with the Royal Mail logo were spotted at election count centres around the country at the weekend.

However, Sinn Fein said the bags, which have 'Royal Mail' and 'Great Britain' printed in large letters, should not have been on display at count centres.

The bags were sourced through An Post and are apparently stronger than the bags used here.

But the use of the bags has been criticised by Sinn Fein candidate in Galway West, Trevor O Clochartaigh, who said that it should not be necessary to go to the Royal Mail to get post bags.

"It's ridiculous but it is probably reflective of the country at the moment that we have to go to the Royal Mail to get bags. But if they have to use them here then they should have been turned inside out or used in a more discreet manner.

"It's just not appropriate to have bags with the Royal Mail and Great Britain logos so prominently displayed on bags being used in count centres for Dail Eireann elections," said Mr O Clochartaigh, who was eliminated in the ninth count in Galway West.

Irish Independent

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