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Friday 19 January 2018

Garage owner warned over 'pornographic' calendar

A garage owner says he was stunned when the Heath and Safety Authority demanded that a calendar featuring topless women be removed from his premises, as he works alone in his workshop.

The 62-year-old was told the risqué calendar was a “display of pornographic material at the place of work" and should be removed, according to the Examiner.

The Limerick businessman, who wished to remain anonymous, says he has run the one-man shop for 40 years without incident.

His off-street workshop contains calendars sent to him by a range of corporations, including the famous Pirelli calendar.

“Over the years I have received calendars from international companies such as Pirelli, Boart Europe, Monark, Mintex. They are fine calendars and feature very tastefully taken pictures of topless models. How anybody could describe them as pornographic beats me,” the man told the Examiner.

”They’ve given me until May to remove the calendars and I presume if I don’t they’ll close me down. If this is to be the way the law is being enforced then the newspapers on sale in this country which carry topless women every day would have to be banned.”

Limerick East TD Michael Noonan described the letter and its warning as “extremely overzealous.”

“I would be of the view that there are health and safety issues of greater magnitude in Limerick,” he said.

“This man works on his own in his own business and as far as I know no complaint was made.”

”We now have a situation in Limerick, where we have no minister, no bishop, no hurling team and you can’t even hang a Pirelli calendar on your wall.”

A spokesperson for the HSA confirmed the man had received a written warning relating to “dignity at work issue".

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