26 May 2022

Letter to the editor: Astonishing that 30 days of posters causes outrage

Picture; Shelley Corcoran

Picture; Shelley Corcoran

Dear Editor,

I wish all the groups trying to take the high moral ground when it comes to election posters were as outspoken about homelessness, the housing crisis, illegal dumping and the environmental impact of big corporations producing single use packaging all day, every day.

Election posters are up for a mere 30 days and are then removed, responsibly and by law. They are then reused or, in our own case, recycled in various ingenious and environmentally friendly ways. Interestingly, the significant issues that I have mentioned are the direct result of the failed policies of successive governments over many decades.

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have the money to buy huge billboard adverts, bus advertising & newspaper adverts etc. Smaller parties & candidates haven't got anything like the resources of these dominant parties and use posters to let the public know that there is an alternative to what passes for 'mainstream' politics.

It is astonishing, and slightly worrying, that 30 days of posters causes outrage, but decades of FF/FG inspired social horrors are ignored by these groups who claim to be civic minded. Community groups throughout our county do wonderful and often thankless work that benefits us all, that is not in dispute here, in fact I commend and support them all.

But, I would respectfully suggest that if they want to widen their scope and speak out about environmental matters, they should make a fuss about the real issues, get involved in meaningful protest, join a campaigning group, support a candidate who actually cares, or just speak out about the real problems.

Getting up on a high horse about election posters isn’t really a productive or rational approach given how many other continuous ways our environment is being damaged every day of every year.There is so much more wrong in our society and throughout our communities, thanks to the persistent arrogance & ineptitude of successive FF/FG led governments.

I for one would prefer to see our collective efforts working productively to deal with that.
We need to be working for the benefit of our collective futures on this shared planet that we all call home…

Yours sincerely,
David Smyth,
Convener People Before Profit – Longford Branch

Also read: ESB issues poster warning to Longford election hopefuls over 'serious safety risk'

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