Kerry County Council are seeking legal advice to ascertain whether candidates in Kerry are breaking election law by erecting posters, billboards and trailers ahead of the election.
Election law states that posters should not be erected until 30 days before the election and taken down seven days afterwards. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae has had a number of truck trailers emblazoned with the vote number 1 message at the entrance to Kilgarvan as well as one visible from the road in Tulligmore, Killorglin. These have been in place for the last number of months. In recent days Fine Gael deputy Brendan Griffin has erected a road works billboard outside Killarney claiming credit for the Macroom bypass. Under election and litter law posters can only be put up 30 days before polling date. Kerry County Council is responsible for enforcing the law in this area and in a statement to Radio Kerry, it states that the council is aware of the use of cars, vans and trailers by a number of prospective election candidates. The legislation is quite complex and unclear in this regard and legal advice is being sought. Deputy Healy-Rae says he is just storing the trailers in Kilgarvan.