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Thread: What is the legal status of anti-abortion poster when no election has been called?

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    Default What is the legal status of anti-abortion poster when no election has been called?

    Someone has been putting up election-style posters on lamposts around dublin (and elsewhere?). There's one in front of the Taoiseach's office that says something like "Enda: don't open the door to abortion".

    No election or referendum has been called or is likely to be called. I thought that it was illegal to tie advertising to lamposts outside of an election - yet the Gardai infront of the dail and Taoiseach's office clearly didn't prevent this.

    Can I make a complaint?

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    Litter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sondagefaux View Post
    Litter.
    Who to complain to?

    Citizens Information.ie says

    General election posters and signs
    The law in Ireland forbids the erection of posters/signs on poles or other structures in public places unless you have the written permission of the owner of the pole or other structure in advance of putting up the posters/signs. Posters are only allowed to be erected for a certain specified time period before an election. Posters can be erected 30 days before the election or from the date of the polling day order for the election, whichever is the shorter period of time.

    Following a general election, a party/candidate must remove posters within a seven day period. After that date, an on-the-spot fine of €150 is issued by your local authority in respect of each offence. Your local authority will remove the poster as the fine is issued. If a party/candidate has been issued with a fine and refuses to pay, they can be prosecuted in the District Court by your local authority to enforce payment.
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    I think if there is a date on it for perhaps a meeting or rally it's fine for 7 days before and after the date.

    Other than that I think it's illegal but you see it all the time.

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    You can report litter to Dublin City Council:

    Dublin City Council: Report Litter or Pollution
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    Quote Originally Posted by seabhcan View Post
    Who to complain to?

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    Will I give Dublin city council a ring?
    By the sounds of it it's not a general election poster so that won't help you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimBuckII View Post
    By the sounds of it it's not a general election poster so that won't help you.
    So can anyone attach any poster to a lampost? Can attach advertising to it?

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    Give the council a call!

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    How tolerant of you Seabhcan! Do you also complain about rival political parties putting up posters advertising meetings?

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    Election, what election?
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