The people of Laois may have said yes to the Stablity treaty, but they are saying no to the litter that political campaigners have left behind.
With the deadline having expired for taking down campaign posters last Friday, most posters have been removed, but the same cannot be said for the plastic ties used to hold them up.
A Portlaoise man contacted the Leinster Express to voice his anger last week after counting nineteen ties on the ground between Portlaoise’s Top Square and Portlaoise College, on the Mountrath Road.
“This is some example for kids coming from the college. All the posters are gone so all the parties are to blame, There were posters from Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Labour, Libertas and Sinn Fein. It’s like they got one person to take them down, and they cut the ties and let them drop on the ground,” the angered Mountrath Road resident said.
Laois County Council’s litter wardens are on the lookout for posters still up, with a punishing fine of €150 per poster. However a spokesperson from the environment section said it is impossible to fine anyone for leaving the plastic ties behind, because they don’t know which political party is responsible.
“We are considering asking the parties to colour code the ties. It is a policy we might look at for future elections. We have written to the parties before, saying it is equally as important to take down the ties. They get left behind on the poles. We may take them down this year as a once off,” the spokesperson said.
The council’s litter hotline is 1800 32 32 30.