An Independent candidate in the local elections has called on his fellow candidates to agree to a poster free campaign, in the interest of the local environment.
As he launched his campaign for re-election, sitting councillor David Hynes said he would be willing not to put up posters if other candidates would do the same.
'I would prefer not to use posters. If we can get other candidates to agree not to use posters, we could have a poster free election. I have spoken to Cllr. Tony Walsh (People Before Profit) and he is on board with the idea. But if other candidates put them up, then I will have to do the same', he said.
Wexford Tidy Towns is also calling for a poster free town in the run up to the local elections in May, asking candidates 'to please respect this voluntary ban and do not erect any posters within the 50km speed limit of our town'.
Cllr. Hynes has been a councillor since 1997 when he was co-opted to then Wexford Corporation following the tragic death of Democratic Left councillor and Senator Michael Enright in a car accident. After Democratic Left merged with the Labour Party, he was re-elected a number of times under the Labour banner before standing as an Independent in 2013 after becoming disillusioned with Labour's part in the austerity policies of the coalition government.
He said housing continues to be one of his main areas of concern despite a recent increase in social housing construction by Wexford County Council.
'The Council have been building quite a few houses. At the same time, the problem is not getting any better. We are still relying far too much on the private rental sector', he said.
Cllr. Hynes has bemoaned the lack of adquate public representation in the town resulting from the creation of a District Council and said that with the recent changes in the electoral boundary, this is not going to get any better.
He has campaigned consistently on mental health and is one of the Mental Health Warriors who have highlighted inadequacies in the HSE's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.
He is an addiction counsellor with Its Good to Talk and as a member of the South East Regional Drugs Task Force, he is worried about effects of cutbacks in treatment services.
As an Independent candidate with no party machine behind him, Cllr. Hynes said he would welcome help with his campaign. 'Anyone who is willing to help in any way I would really appreciate it', he said.
He can be contacted on 086 8539998 or firstname.lastname@example.org.