This is the motion:
"That Roscommon Municipal District supports a Poster Free Local Election 2019 Campaign in the Roscommon Local Electoral Area in the interest of the environment, local amenity and in the interest of promoting a plastic free Roscommon"
Reply from Executive:
The members of the Roscommon Municipal Distrct can agree by resolution to support a Poster Free Local Election Campaign in 2019, however there is no legal foundation for the proposal and therefore it cannot be enforced if other candidates choose to erect posters.
I proposed the motion. It was seconded by Cllr. Kathleen Shanagher (who ran a poster free campaign in 2014). Unfortunately the motion was not passed.
Cllr Paschal Fitzmaurice (who was supportive) and Cllr. Michael Creaton both said that they supported the sentiment of the motion but that if other candidates had posters then they would have to consider that.
Cllr Nigel Dineen was vehemently opposed to the motion and made it clear that he would be using Posters in Campaign but would respect Tidy Towns committees where requests were made for no Posters
I will be running a No Poster Local Election Campaign 2019.
If we could all take action in our lives to Rethink our use of plastic then collectively we can make a difference!
Posters are made of a single use plastic and the cable ties are plastic. By saying no to posters hopefully I will be one less cause of unsightly unnecessary plastic waste. I can't change others but I can change myself.
In 2014 I used very few posters - no posters in villages and towns...this time I take the final step and will eliminate posters from my campaign entirely.
The focus on plastic reduction since programmes such as the BBC Blue Planet 2 is making an impact. I have taken up the challenge not just in my personal life ...in my political life too