A local election candidate in Newbridge has slammed Kildare County Council for being ‘high-handed’ after he was directed to remove his campaign poster from two local business premises.
Independent candidate, Willie Crowley, who put them up last week, was immediately instructed by the litter warden to remove them as that election posters on poles and public property are not permitted until 30 days before an election. Mr Crowley claimed however that in this case it was commerical advertising and not ‘election postering’, adding that he had checked with the planning department and got the ‘go ahead’. “I attended the GAA match on Sunday and noticed other political advertising signage prominently displayed around the grounds,” he added.
A spokesperson for Kildare County Council, Annette Aspell, reiterated that election posters can only be displayed for a period commencing 30 days before polling day, which is May 23 next. “The council did not receive any complaints with regard to material displayed at a GAA match recently, Any complaints received will be followed up.”