'Cowardly': Stolen posters put back up so candidates will be fined
Local election candidates are facing fines this weekend as posters which disappeared during campaigning have been re-appearing on poles hours before the removal deadline.
Dublin City Council Fianna Fáil candidate Eoin Neylon explained that one-third of his posters went missing in the lead-up to the vote. He took the remainder of his posters down over the last couple of days, but noticed that some of the missing posters began mysteriously cropping up on poles on Thursday night.
The deadline for removal of all election posters was midnight - candidates whose posters are still up today could be fined €150 per poster.
He explained that removing posters with the intention of putting them back up so close to the deadline is malicious move which could cause serious financial loss for candidates. "These are targeted attacks with a view of inflicting financial damage on individuals," Mr Neylon told the Irish Independent.
One of his posters re-appeared upside-down yesterday. "It's cowardly, childish behaviour," he said.
Mr Neylon explained that most local election candidates are community activists and do not run in council elections "for the money". "People who run for local government are just people who care about the community. At €17,000 a year, they don't do it for the money," he said.
Re-elected Dublin City Councillor Noeleen Reilly took to social media on Thursday, asking the public to keep an eye out for any of her posters that may have resurfaced. Like Mr Neylon, she lost dozens of posters in the lead-up to the vote but, since Thursday night, 10 of her posters have re-appeared back on poles.