Ganley falls foul in poster-free zones
MARY MINIHAN’Sreferendum notebook
No proponent Declan Ganley’s posters have been removed from areas which are supposed to be “poster-free zones”: St Stephen’s Green in Dublin and the town of Fermoy in Co Cork among them.
Office of Public Works (OPW) employees were busy yesterday morning taking down posters at the green, which is a national historic property in State care.
“It is the policy of OPW not to allow any posters to be displayed on any OPW property. These posters are removed and stored and where requested can be collected from the OPW at any stage,” a spokeswoman said.
In Fermoy, Mr Ganley’s posters were spotted on Tuesday but were gone by yesterday, before town clerk Pauline Moriarty had a chance to write to him to explain the tradition in the north Cork town.
“There’s a gentleman’s agreement here in town between all political parties that it’s a poster-free zone,” she explained. The same thing happened in Lucan, Co Dublin. Mr Ganley’s spokesman said he had been unaware of the practice but was happy to comply.
Athlone man still looking for apology from Kenny
The Westmeath man told by the Taoiseach in Athlone last week he looked “like a man who could do with a day’s work” is continuing to demand Enda Kenny retracts his statement.
Gordon Hudson came to Dublin yesterday to join Campaign against Household and Water Tax members who staged a press event outside Leinster House urging a No vote in the referendum.
Reporters zeroed in on Mr Hudson, who said he had been self-employed for 30 years until last year. “The matter is not over yet. It’s like playing basketball in a swimming pool. He keeps on side-stepping. I am going to demand an apology and a retraction,” he said.
Clearly still irked a week after the comments, Mr Hudson concluded: “He comes down to Athlone and he thinks he can abuse people on the side of the street. It’s not going to happen.” Mr Hudson had previously advised Mr Kenny to “take the bridge, head west and stay there”.
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