Dublin South-West Labour candidate apologises after election posters put up early

The posters were taken down this morning after they were put up by 'overenthusiastic' volunteers

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Pamela Kearns. Image: RollingNews.ie

A Labour candidate in the Dublin South-West constituency has apologised after some election posters were put up overnight, ahead of the allowed timeframe.

Councillor Pamela Kearns says some "well meaning but overenthusiastic volunteers" put up the posters, adding that the posters will be taken down this morning.

It follows reports on social media of Labour candidate posters being spotted in parts of Dublin last night and this morning.

Legislation allows election posters to be erected from the date the polling day order for the election has been made, or 30 days before polling day when there is an election called more than a month ahead of a vote. They must be removed within seven days of polling day.

Any posters in place before or after the allowed timeframe are subject to a €150 on-the-spot fine.

Minister of State Ged Nash also suggested that some Labour volunteers got a bit overenthusiastic in the build up to the campaign.

Meanwhile, a village in Co Wicklow has banned election posters entirely.

Ronan Mullen, of the Glenealy Tidy Towns Committee, spoke to Newstalk Lunchtime about the decision.

"With the long run in to this [election], we had the time to get our plan together and roll this out," he explained.

"Some of the candidates we spoke to actually don't want to be putting up posters - they felt they were caught in a vicious circle, that their competitors were putting them up so they felt they had to put them up".