A Donegal councillor is one of the driving forces behind a new national campaign for towns and local areas to become poster-free during the forthcoming elections.

Cllr. Seamus Maguire (below), who was recently co-opted onto Donegal Co. Council to replace John Campbell, is part of a joint campaign with David Weitbrecht of Zerowaste.ie to reduce the use of plastic.

They are calling for a national voluntary ban on plastic election posters.

As Cllr. Maguire points out, it is clear both the environment and the electorate do not want them.

“This May we're calling on all candidates to go poster free (plastic free) during the 2019 Local and European elections. We request candidates to abstain from the use of single use plastics. We encourage candidates to align their green agenda with their actions by going poster free (plastic free),” he stated.



We are calling for a national voluntary ban on plastic election posters. It is clear both the environment and the electorate do not want them. 101 towns/areas equates to over 11% of last year's tidy towns entrants. Candidates and government, please respect the wishes of the environment and the electorate and go poster free.

Thank you to all involved. PosterFree.ie is a joint campaign between Zerowaste.ie​ and Councillor Seamus Maguire​ #PassOnPlastic #LE19 #EP19

1. Abbeyfeale
2. Abbeyleix Abbeyleix Tidy Towns
3. Annagassan
4. Ardee Ardee Tidy Towns
5. Arklow
6. Athea
7. Avoca
8. Ballacolla Ballacolla Tidy Towns
9. Ballina
10. Ballinakill
11. Ballincollig
12. Ballintubber
13. Ballybunion Ballybunion Tidytowns
14. Ballygarrett Ballygarrett Tidy Towns
15. Ballymacarbry
16. Ballyroan
17. Baltimore Baltimore Tidy Towns
18. Baltinglass Baltinglass and District
19. Bandon Bandon Tidy Towns Group
20. Bantry Bantry Tidy Towns
21. Birdhill Birdhill Tidy towns events
22. Blackrock Blackrock Tidy Towns
23. BlarneyBlarney Tidy Towns
24. Blessington
25. Bundoran Bundoran Tidy Towns
26. Carlingford
27. Carraroe
28. Carrick On Suir
29. Castlebar
30. Castlebellingham/Kilsaran Castlebellingham & District Community Council
31. Castleisland
32. CastlelyCastlelyons & Bridesbridge - Tidy Towns & Heritage Group
33. CastletownCastletown Tidy Towns
34. ClareMorris
35. ClashmorClashmore Tidy Towns Association
36. ClonakClonakilty Tidy Towns
37. ClonaslClonaslee Tidy Towns
38. Clondalkin
39. Cobh
40. CrosshavenCrosshaven Development Committee
41. Dalkey Dalkey Tidy Towns
42. Donegal TownDonegal Town Tidy Towns
43. Donnybrook
44. Douglas
45. Dromahair
46. Dromcollogher
47. DromiskDromiskin Tidy Towns
48. Dromod
49. Drumcliff Drumcliffe Rathcormac TidyTowns
50. Dunlavin
51. Dunleer Dunleer Tidy Town
52. Dunmanway
53. Dunmore East @DDunmore East TidyTowns
54. Emly Emly Tidy Towns
55. Emyvale
56. Ennis
57. Ferns
58. Galway City
59. Geashill
60. Glaslough Glaslough Tidy Towns
61. Glenealy
62. Glenties
63. Grange Con
64. IrishTown
65. Kildare
66. Killarney Killarney Tidy Towns
67. Killasmeestia
68. Kilrush Kilrush Tidy Towns
69. Knockbridge @Knockbridge Tidy Towns
70. Ladysbridge Ladysbridge Tidy Towns Committee
71. LeighlinbridLeighlinbridge Tidy Towns
72. Leixlip Leixlip Tidy Town Association
73. ListowListowel Tidy Towns
74. Lorrha
75. Louth VillagLouth Tidy Towns Together
76. Lucan
77. MallMallow Tidy Towns
78. Monasterboice/Tinure Monasterboice Tourism and Tidy Towns
79. MonkstowMonkstown Tidy District
80. Newcastle west
81. Newmarket-On-Fergus
82. OmeaOmeath Tidy Towns
83. Portarlington
84. Portlaois Portlaoise Tidy Towns
85. Rathfarnham
86. Rathvilly Rathvilly Tidy Towns
87. Ringsend
88. Skibbereen
89. StabannoStabannon Tidy Towns
90. Stratford-On-Slaney Stratford-on-Slaney Tidy Towns
91. Swinford
92. SworSwords Tidy Towns
93. Tallaght
94. TallanstowTallanstown Tidy Towns
95. Templeogue
96. Terenure
97. Terryglass
98. TubbercurTubbercurry Tidy Towns
99. Tullahought
100. Walsh Island Walsh Island Development Group​
101. Wicklow Town

Gepostet von PosterFree.ie am Freitag, 8. März 2019

"The issue for me is multi-faceted really, “ Cllr. Maguire explained. “I am a parent firstly; my children will be here long after me and hopefully their children too.  If we continue on the trajectory we are on I would fear for their futures and the future of the environment they will live in! The scientific evidence for me is without question and for me it’s backed by the changes we can see all around us in our environment and in our weather.  The sickening evidence we are seeing in marine life being chocked by our plastic pollution is something we cannot continue to ignore."

They have set-up a website called poster poster-free.ie

Hundreds of TDs, senators and councillors have been contacted and the campaign is now really beginning to take off.

The message from the campaign is: "Candidates and government, please respect the wishes of the environment and the electorate and go poster free.

In the 2014 local elections an estimated 600,000 posters were produced!

See next week’s Donegal Post and Letterkenny Post for more.

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