Kerry County Council still doesn’t know if politician’s billboards are breaching election law

Kerry County Council has still to decide if a politician  is in breach of  election rules, more than 3 months after billboards urging people to vote number one for him, appeared in public. Healy Rae 2 In September the council responded to queries in relation to truck trailer billboards in Kilgarvan and Killorglin. These are owned by Deputy Michael Healy-Rae and they have a Vote Number one message on them which are clearly visible from public roadways. Kerry County Council said in September that it was seeking legal advice on the matter as the legislation is quite complex and unclear in this area. Under section 19 of the Litter Pollution Act 1997, no election posters should be in place for 30 days before the date of the election. The General Election is expected to take place in February or March of 2016. Separately, truck trailer billboard advertising on private land is subject to planning permission and the council has not indicated if planning was sought in relation to the Vote Number 1 billboards. Kerry County Council is responsible for enforcing the law in the areas of planning and elections but has today reiterated that it is still trying to work out if the trailer billboards breach election law. They have been in place since August. In relation to the planning issue, the council said it does not comment on issues surrounding planning enforcement. Deputy Healy-Rae has previously told Radio Kerry he is simply storing the trailers at these locations and doesn’t believe he is flouting election law.