Slurs are 'juvenile act'
A LOCAL election candidate has said that attacks on his campaign posters with homophobic slurs is a "disgusting, juvenile act". Patrick McKee (25), who is running for Fianna Fail in Kilkenny City West, said he won't be intimidated by the vile acts on his posters which had only been erected three days previously.
Some of the defaced posters required ladders to access them while none of the posters of other candidates in the area were targeted by the vandals.
POSTER-FREE DAY CALL
ELECTION candidates in Dublin have been urged to take down their campaign posters when the Giro d'Italia passes through city streets. The event begins in the North, with competitors racing southwards from Armagh to Dublin on May 11.
Cllr Mary Fitzpatrick, Fianna Fail candidate for Dublin, said she will remove posters in Dublin city as well as others along the route including those in Malahide and Clontarf. "We would encourage all other candidates to follow suit and also commit to taking their posters down for the day on May 11 to make the route poster-free."
HARRIS FOCUS ON JOBS
FINE GAEL'S Euro election candidate for Ireland South, Simon Harris, said job creation will be his priority if elected.
The Wicklow TD last night launched his campaign with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and pledged to increase access to European supports for Irish businesses. "The need for further job creation will be my first, second, third and fourth priority as MEP," he said.
CLLR: GIVE VICTIMS COVER
VICTIMS of the Setanta Insurances collapse should be given insurance cover by the Government until their next premium is due, a local councillor has said. Cllr Ronan McKenna, a Meath County Council candidate in the Trim area, said the liquidation of the Maltese-registered insurance firm had caused considerable hardship to thousands of drivers now left without insurance cover.
He said the shortcomings in regulating Setanta Insurances, coupled with the legal obligation on all motorists to have insurance, made a very strong case for this gesture.
"Thousands of motorists have been left high and dry by the actions of Setanta and by the inaction of the Government and its regulators. For many it puts them in an impossible position because they simply cannot afford to pay for motor insurance twice in the one year."