200 posters stolen: By election candidate blames targeted campaign

200 posters stolen: By election candidate blames targeted campaign
Cork North Central By-Election candidate Padraig O'Sullivan claims he has had around 200 posters stolen from areas all across the constituency.Picture: Larry Cummins

A CORK North Central by-election candidate believes there’s been a targeted campaign against him ahead of polling on Friday.

Fianna Fáil County Councillor Pádraig O’Sullivan claims he has had around 200 posters stolen from areas all across the constituency. “It’s just something we accepted and put up more posters in their place,” Cllr O’Sullivan said.

When asked if he knows who’s removed the posters, he told The Echo: “We’d have our suspicions but I don’t have any definitive evidence. I can’t go accusing people, but definitely about 20-30% of our posters disappeared in the first week.

“There was obviously a campaign against us but we bought another couple of hundred posters and put them up instead, and we invested in billboards,” Cllr O’Sullivan added.

It is illegal for election posters to be removed or tampered with, and people can be arrested for doing so.

Candidates running in the by-elections can hang as many posters as they want, as long as they don’t create a hazard to the public or cover traffic signs and signal lights.

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