Senator, Mary Moran has called on all local and European election candidates who have posters erected along the Giro D’Italia route, to remove them when the race progresses from Belfast to Dublin in three weeks’ time.
“I welcome the decision by all candidates in the North of Ireland to remove their posters along the route on the weekend of the race. They have recognised that is a great opportunity to show the North at its best from a tourist point of view.
“Our election posters will not mean much to the millions of viewers on TV across the world, and indeed I believe they will only serve to distract from the beauty of our countryside.
“We have an opportunity to showcase our country along the route and I believe we should do all we can to highlight the beauty of our country. I have contacted Ministers Hogan and Varadkar to express my concerns and I am calling for the posters to be removed along the route for the weekend of the race.
“My home town of Dundalk will feature prominently in the race as will Castlebellingham and Drogheda. I do not think that this race should be overcome by election posters along the route or that political parties should use public media screens in towns to highlight their campaigns.”
“This is a non-political event - let’s use the opportunity to show that everyone can work together to show our country at its best. If unanimous agreement has been reached on this matter in the North then I believe we should also follow suit.”