Independent councillor Maeve Yore has asked Louth County Council to investigate the possibility of requiring political parties to use designated colours of cable ties when erecting posters in future elections – thus enabling authorities to identify those who litter when posters are taken down.
The Dundalk-based representative made the suggestion at the Louth County Council monthly meeting held on Monday last week when she probed senior officials of the local authority on how many fines were to be issued for non-removal of election posters.
All candidates had until midnight on Saturday February 15 to remove their posters otherwise fines would be issued by the council. At the meeting held less than 48 hours after the deadline had passed, there was no figure on the number of fines issued to hand.
However, Yore did refer to an instance – widely shared across social media earlier in the week – of cable ties being left strewn on the ground and attached to poles by teams removing posters in the county. Catherine Duff for Louth County Council said that prosecuting for non-collection of cable ties was “impossible” as staff could not tell who the ties belonged to.
“Tidy Towns groups were going mad and rightly so. It’s unacceptable,” she said. She asked whether either nationally or locally a scheme could be rolled out whereas different coloured cable ties could be designated for use by each party, thus acting as a deterrent and identifying any litterers should littering occur.
Chief Executive Joan Martin said it would be “useful” if it was a national initiative. “We’ll look at it,” she said. The council said they had – via Twitter – respectfully asked that teams removing posters take their cable ties with them.