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On account fo the Volvo Yacht race coming to Galway, the members of Galway County Council have opted to implement a voluntary ban, really it's just a gentleman's agreement as it's not an official law, on putting up election posters. You'll read about it in tomorrow's advertiser.What ban is this? Has anybody a link?
Take no notice of the ban Mike... and put the posters up in Eyre Square and in the dock area, and wherever else you like (subject to public safety requirements)I must question the motive of some of the councillors in their attempt to bring in this ban. I, as an Independent candidate, am entitled to put my posters up in an effort to let the electorate know who is standing before them in the election and I should not be discriminated against for doing so.
I believe many of these councillors are quite nervous coming into election time and fear their seat being taken. This is why they tried to bully the Independents and new candidates like myself and back us into a corner and in doing so ensuring they played to the gallery and to the media present on the night. This council have had almost five years to discuss this issue, I find it laughable how it now becomes before the council a couple of weeks prior to polling day.
What this mounts to is that certain councillors are trying to turn the public against the likes of myself, as Im sure once a poster goes up, there will be a certain degree of anger out there. This will be the fault of the council for passing such a ridiculous motion and generating this anger in the hope to keep their seats.
I will be putting up my election posters and in doing so will do it proudly, as I am proud to stand before the electorate as their Independent candidate, their independent voice and I will not be quietened or deterred as a result of this cheap shot by a handful of councillors.
I will however respect the green dragon route and will not put my posters up in the dock area and will also refrain from putting them up in Eyre Square. As a new face to politics in Galway, I feel I need to let the public know who I am, this is why I will be putting my posters up in the coming weeks around Galway City Central.
Oh ya, cheers Bobert !
same story where i am ,the big parties want the ban.
But who decides that the ban is voluntary ?There has been a voluntary ban on posters in Westport town over recent elections. Westport has won the Tidy Towns Competition a number of times recently and has a strong tourism trade for it's size.