“Litter consists of waste products that have been disposed improperly, without consent, at an inappropriate location.” Wikipedia
Last week I wrote a piece about pollution by election posters. get them down
Canvassing for votes ended on May 23rd. at 10.00 p.m. Candidates had 7 days to remove their promotional mug shots from our landscape. They didn’t need 7 days to get them up!
On Wednesday I drove to Galway. A few still lined the roadways, mainly belonging to those who won’t hold public office this time around, including the guy whose printer must be a happy bunnie. The guy who was part of the Longford Westmeath Bye-election. The guy on every pole in every direction.
On ThursdayI had occasion to visit Sligo. Same story. A few straglers including the Bye guy on every pole in all directions.
This evening I was travelling closer to home, a beautiful rural road between Edgeworthswown and Ballinalee. Chocolate box pretty in the evening sunshine. And lo and behold I rounded the bend and what did I see? Loud and proud at 6.15 p.m.? LITTER
On every pole in every direction LITTER
So have you come accross any litter today?
What penalties are in place for breaches of the legislation governing election/referendum posters?
The responsibility for enforcement of litter law lies with the local authority. Any election/referendum posters in place before or after the stipulated timeframe are deemed to be in breach of the legislation and are subject to an on-the-spot litter fine of 150 euro. Local authorities are also responsible for the removal of posters which constitute a hazard to either pedestrians or road users. Complaints about such posters should be made directly to the appropriate local authority stipulating their exact location to enable local authorities arrange for their removal.
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