Midlands Green Party Councillor Opposes Ban On Plastic Election Posters

Written 4 weeks ago by Sinead Hubble

Offaly County Council is putting off a decision on whether to ban plastic election posters.

Fianna Fail’s Tony McCormack made the proposal at the first full meeting of the new local authority yesterday – however even the Green Party had concerns.

New Green Councillor Pippa Hackett is opposed a ban on the use of corriboard for election posters.

She recalled how her party tried renewable materials in a previous campaign but described them as a disaster because they weren’t durable enough for Irish weather.

Councillor Hackett also felt it might disadvantage new candidates or those from smaller parties.

Proposing the ban, Cllr Tony McCormack said he wished merely to get the ball moving on the matter as it had been a big issue during the recent election campaign in Tullamore.

He said all the corriboard posters used by Fianna Fail went to the local men’s shed to be recycled.

A special committee of the council will now examine the issue.