THEY’VE been staring down at us from lampposts, bridges and even a mountain peak for more than a month, urging us to give them our first-preference votes.
Now European and local election candidates, winners and losers alike, have just hours to rid the landscape of their grinning visages or face being fined for littering.
According to Environment Department rules, all posters must be removed by 10pm, exactly seven days after polls closed in the elections that saw Labour get a battering and Sinn Fein and independents gain seats across the country.
Among the candidates around the capital who still had work to do this morning was successful European Parliament candidate Lynn Boylan of Sinn Fein and Labour’s Emer Costello, Mary Fitzpatrick of Fianna Fail and Paul Murphy of the Socialist Party.
Prize for the greatest lengths that supporters went to in order to promote their candidates must go to those of Kerry father and son team Danny and Johnny Healy-Rae, both of whom got elected.
Their posters were erected on the summit of Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s tallest mountain —though Cllr Danny Healy-Rae told
“Some people said my father (former TD Jackie Healy-Rae) went up on a pony and put them up. That was the rumour that was going around,” he said.
“My understanding is they have been removed.”
He said his supporters were out until 1am scouring the countryside for stray posters but said that sometimes posters reappeared, and people were putting them up out of “divilment”.
Candidates with posters remaining in place after 10pm can be fined €150 for each of them.
An Environment Department spokesman said it is up to the individual local authorities to enforce the rules and decide how fines will be levied.