Council removes Duffy posters as they are 'breaking litter law'
A local authority is in the process of removing controversial posters of presidential hopeful Gavin Duffy, claiming permission had not been sought to put them up.
A spokesman for Louth County Council last night said the posters of the former 'Dragons' Den' businessman were taken down because they contravene the Litter Pollution Act.
"Under Section 19 of the Litter Pollution Act, 1997 posters require the permission of the local authority to be erected. It is the policy of the council to remove any posters erected without the appropriate permission," he said in a statement.
Mr Duffy, who has yet to get the backing of a local authority in order to be nominated as an official candidate in the presidential election in October, generated controversy in his hometown of Drogheda at the weekend.
The posters of the businessman had appeared in the town in the run-up to the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann festival, which is currently under way.
However, local councillor Kenneth Flood had said some residents thought the posters were in poor taste.
Mr Duffy had refuted the claims, saying that he and his wife Orlaith Carmody have been involved in bringing the trad fest to Drogheda for the past seven years.
"My wife Orlaiith and I have been involved in efforts to bring the Fleadh to my home town Drogehda for the last seven years and voluntarily prepared the bid team to pitch to the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann awarding committee," he said.
The businessman said that his posters "do not mention the election or reference the fleadh in any way". He stressed that the Fleadh was an apolitical event.
"They simply say Céad Míle Fáilte go Droichead Átha from Gavin Duffy," he added.
Mr Duffy could not be reached for comment at the time of going to press last night in relation to the posters being removed.
However, one local told the Irish Independent last night that not all the posters had been taken down with one still remaining on Newfoundwell Road in the town.