Supporter feeling blue after €150 fine
Published 23/05/2009 | 00:00
A LEINSTER rugby supporter was outraged yesterday after he was fined €150 -- for putting up a poster supporting his team.
Paul Davidson (50) pictured, mounted the 12ft blue sign on railings outside his shop in the Dublin suburb of Goatstown ahead of today's Heineken Cup final. With the slogan, "Ireland by Birth, Leinster by the grace of BOD", it was intended as support for the team -- and particularly star player Brian O'Driscoll.
But Mr Davidson was visited by a official from Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council who fined him for illegally putting up the poster. Speaking to the Irish Independent last night, Mr Davidson, who owns the men's clothing store, Mr Big and Tall, said he was outraged.
"It was just really petty and stupid," he said. "I put it up on Tuesday and by Friday I was told to take it down. Every lamppost in the country has been covered up by political posters.''
A spokesperson for Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Council yesterday defended the fine.
"The council has had to remove numerous election posters placed on safety barriers throughout the county in recent weeks," said the spokesman.