Tuesday 24 April 2018

Town bans election posters on main street

The posters go up following the ending of the 31st.Dail.Photo: Tom Burke
The posters go up following the ending of the 31st.Dail.Photo: Tom Burke

Greg Harkin

A TOWN famous for its annual political talk shop has ‘banned’ election posters.

Glenties in Co Donegal is the venue every summer for the Patrick MacGill Summer School.

Cabinet Ministers and opposition leaders give keynote speeches on the future of Ireland.

But for the next three weeks all political election posters have been effectively banned from the town’s main street.

It follows a meeting of the Glenties Community Development Group.

Secretary Richard Quigley says he wrote to every candidate last week asking them to respect their decision to ban posters from inside the town’s limits.

“Glenties has a proud tradition as a tidy town and each year countless hours of hard work and endeavour, not to mention a lot of money, goes into keeping the town looking in the best possible condition all year round,” he said.

“We as a committee felt that the erecting of election posters is an unsightly practice particularly in a town such as Glenties with its ornate street fixings and floral displays.”

He said that in previous elections posters have not been taken down within the allotted time and some left to “fall down and lie in ditches whilst the eternal problem of discarded cable ties meant lots of sweeping for the towns hard working volunteers”.

However last night Fianna Fail posters were erected on the Narin Road in the town – inside the 5okm/h zone which the group had asked to be respected.

The group says it had been in contact with the party to have the posters featuring Micheal Martin removed.

“We feel that this is a reasonable request given the hard work that goes into keeping Glenties looking as wonderful as it does all through the year,” said Mr Quigley.

"We've been in touch with Fianna Fail to ask them to remove the posters as soon as possible and respect the wishes of the people of the town."

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