Writes Leo McMahon
2024 is election year for Cork County Council and cathaoirleach of Carrigaline Municipal District (MD) Cllr Audrey Buckley (FF) has asked if agreement can be reached on ‘poster free zones’ for posters in towns and villages.
At the monthly meeting of the MD, she supported a suggestion by Cllr Marcia D’Alton (Ind) for a designated wall or fence for posters of every candidate in each locality instead of posters on poles etc all over the place.
Cllr Audrey Buckley (FF) has asked if agreement can be reached on ‘poster free zones’ for posters in towns and villages.
A member of Crosshaven Tidy Towns, Cllr Buckley said the practice of poster free zones in her locality worked well in her locality for previous elections after each candidate was contacted but accepted the need for new candidates to be able to promote themselves and the difficulties that could arise in more rural areas such as Goggin’s Hill and Ballinora. She recommended discussions be held with the different Tidy Towns, community and voluntary groups in the MD.
In support, Cllr D’Alton said Passage West and Monkstown were poster free zones within the 50kph limit going back to when the town council functioned until 2014. Some hanging posters could be dangerous but she acknowledged the situation facing rural areas in seeing candidates posters.
Cllr Seamus McGrath (FF) said he was on record of having a hatred of posters and it was an issue that was never grasped at national level. The policy of poster free zones within 50kph limits worked well in the last local elections. He suggested liaising with community groups through the MD office. A certain number of posters was okay but they needed to be clear as to where they could be.
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