Iarnród Éireann warns candidates over posters

Iarnród Éireann warns candidates over posters


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Iarnród Éireann has warned that candidates could face prosecution if caught on rail lines.

General Election candidates and their support teams have been warned that they will be prosecuted if any individual is found trespassing on Iarnród Éireann property to erect election posters.

Iarnród Éireann has said it would welcome any information that would identify these persons so that they report then and seek prosecutions.

The company has described the practice of individuals climbing onto live railway lines and bridges to erect posters, as reckless and dangerous.

While many opt for the relative safety of roadside power and telecommunications poles and road signs, others have been taking their lives in their hands by climbing onto operational railway lines to hang placards from bridges.

Posters have been appearing on rail bridges across the country indicating the candidates or their supports have been trespassing on Iarnród Éireann property.

In Ennis, candidates or their support team members either climbed onto the Ennis to Galway rail line or placed ladders on the busy R352 and stopped traffic to erect their posters.

However, Iarnród Éireann does not permit election candidates place posters on any of it’s properties and has said that any posters will be removed immediately.

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Election posters on a rail bridge in Ennis.

An Iarnród Éireann spokeswoman said: “Displaying of election posters on any Iarnród Éireann property, including bridges, is not permitted.”

“In the case of bridges, it is clear that trespass of some kind has been involved. We would welcome any information so we could report this and seek prosecutions. It would be the individuals involved who we would pursue, though we would alert any party or candidate featured on the issue,” the company said.

Iarnród Éireann has also warned the people should not climb back onto bridges to remove the posters.

“We will remove any such posters at the earliest opportunity, as to get candidates to do it would involve repeating the trespass,” the spokeswoman added.

“We would advise all candidates and parties to advise their agents that they are trespassing by placing these signs on the bridge, putting themselves and others in danger, and are liable to prosecution,” Iarnród Éireann added.

Meanwhile, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) has already warned that election posters should not be placed at the roadside in such a way that they obscure road signs.

The RSA has also said that posters should not be placed in known collision prone zones, where they risk distracting drivers and where campaign workers may be at risk when putting them up.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.