A motion that the Athy Municipal District put an initiative in place to prevent the out of control election postering was tabled at this month’s area meeting which was held on January 21.
The motion, tabled by Cllr Thomas Redmond stated that this happens at every election and requested that Kildare County Council identify a
number of agreed sites with councillors where posters could be displayed in the next local elections.
“This will give everyone a fair chance by putting posters in a certain place — a dedicated space,” said Cllr Redmond.
“Postering takes it’s toll on the environment and if we made a local decison to put four or five posters up per candidate — let’s all agree on the amount of posters as a group.”
The members heard that the this proposal would require a protocol to be agreed locally by candidates and political parties, but it would have to be on a voluntary basis.
In the event that this matter is progressed, it should be noted that an appropriate budget allocation will be requiredm to cover the relevant costs.
The issue has also been discussed at a number of other Municipal District Committee meetings in the county and at the Environment and Water Services Strategic Policy Committee.
As a consequence, the matter has been forwarded to the Council’s Protocol Committee for further consideration.
However a response is still awaited, the members were informed.
Cllr Miley agreed with the motion, but he added that it would be very difficult to make a decison straight away.
Chair Aoife Breslin said that there was ‘no quick answer’.
“Let’s show a bit of leadership here and be the first Municipal District in Ireland to lead with this,” she added.
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