24/07/08

Green Party Castleknock candidate, Roderic O’Gorman, has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for the Environment, John Gormley, that he is undertaking a public consultation about the use of posters at elections and during referenda.

“I’m very pleased that John Gormley is undertaking a public consultation about the use of posters during elections and referenda. During the General Election when myself and my team were putting up my posters, I was approached by many people saying that election posters in general were an eyesore. I think many people will welcome this move by John Gormley to introduce some restrictions on their use”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.

“I know that one issue of particular concern to a lot of residents in Dublin 15 is the fact that when posters are being taken down, many party’s don’t remove the cable-ties that attach the posters to lamp posts. These look really unsightly, and as they are made of plastic, the last a long time. Indeed, I remember putting up posters this election and finding cable-ties from previous elections on lamp posts”.

“My own preference would be the system they use in France. Each town or village sets aside a space where each candidate is allowed put up one poster or manifesto. That way, voters are able to inform themselves of the candidates and their politics, but the potential for litter is minimized”.

“Submissions are invited from all interested individuals and organisations by 15 September 2008, either by email to electionposters@environ.ie or by post to Election Poster Consultation, Environment Policy Section, Department of Environment, Heritage & Local Government, Ardcavan Business Park, Wexford Town, Co. Wexford”.

“Already, some of the opposition parties are criticising the suggestion that there should be a limit on election posters. I would suggest to people who think election posters are over used that they should make a submission and let their views be heard”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.

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Further Information
Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777
rodericogorman@gmail.com

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