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Early poster boy could be stamped with [euro]3,000 fine.

Byline: CATHAL MCMAHON

A LOCAL election candidate is facing a hefty fine after his campaign posters were erected nearly a week before the embargo.

Posters advertising Fianna Fail Cllr Michael Connolly were placed on poles and along roads in East Galway last week.

Litter laws dictate candidates can only erect posters from tomorrow - 30 days before the polling date.

But our snaps show advertisements for Mr Connolly last Friday - six days early.

When contacted by the Irish Mirror, Mr Connolly denied he had erected the posters.

He said: "I was away at the weekend and I don't know what has been happening to tell you the truth.

"There was a group supposed to do that for me. I was away at a wedding at the weekend. I don't know what the situation is to be honest.

"I didn't give the instruction, I'm prepared to say no more."

He blamed "people on his team" for putting up the posters without his instruction but refused to say who they were.

And he claimed a number of MEP candidates had put up posters early but failed to give any specific examples.

Candidates who erect posters before the embargo are liable for fines of up to [euro]3,000.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Apr 22, 2014
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