Saturday 18 November 2017

Missing party logo on my poster was oversight – Labour minister Alan Kelly

Alan Kelly TD.
Alan Kelly TD.
One of the posters for clinics in Thurles, missing the Labour logo.

Michael Brennan, Deputy Political Editor

JUNIOR Minister Alan Kelly has blamed an "administrative oversight" for the missing Labour logo on posters for his constituency clinics.

He holds clinics twice a month in the famous Hayes Hotel in Thurles, where the GAA was founded.

But a poster erected in Tipperary to advertise the clinic contains Mr Kelly's title – 'Alan Kelly TD Minister for Public and Commuter Transport' – as well as a mobile number for his constituency office.

However, there is no reference at all to Labour on the poster.

In the past, politicians in parties which are losing support often either leave out the party logo entirely or shrink it to the smallest size possible. But Mr Kelly has insisted that he did not leave the Labour logo out of his poster deliberately.

A spokesman for Mr Kelly said that posters advertising his constituency clinics did not have the Labour party logo because of an administrative oversight.

"A new round of posters, containing the Labour logo, have been ordered and will be erected and will be advertising Minister Kelly's clinics across all towns in Tipperary," he said.

The missing Labour logo on Mr Kelly's posters was highlighted on the Irishelectionliterature.com website, which features an array of colourful political leaflets and posters.

Mr Kenny is one of three TDs representing Tipperary North, which is due to be merged with the three-seat Tipperary South constituency.

But the new constituency will only have five seats – meaning that one of the existing TDs will lose their seat.

Meanwhile, earlier this month, a 72-year-old woman lost her civil action in a land dispute involving Mr Kelly and his father.

BARRIER

Diane Whitehead initiated civil proceedings against Mr Kelly and his father, Thomas, after a laneway she used to access her field was blocked with a barrier.

But Judge Petria McDonnell rejected her claim on a number of grounds.

She said the 72-year-old had not established title over the disputed laneway outside the village of Portroe, as the previous owners of her land had abandoned any right to the lane and acknowledged the Kelly's entitlements to it by seeking their permission to use it.

Irish Independent

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