The poster controversy within the Fine Gael camp in Mayo, ten days before the General Election rolls on.
Former MEP, deputy and Senator for FG in the county, Jim Higgins took the airwaves this morning to plead with Ballina based candidate Michelle Mulherin to play by the “party rules”, and to accept and respect that areas across the county have been allocated to each of the three party candidates standing before the electorate on Saturday week.
In response, Senator Mulherin argues that the division of areas among her party colleagues has not been agreed, and insisted she will continue to canvass in both Kilkelly and Ballyhaunis. Both areas supposedly assigned to Castlebar based, Alan Dillon.
Last week Senator Mulherin told Midwest News that she had reported an incident to gardai where members of her team witnessed the removal of her posters in areas around Kilkelly and she said in total up to 60 posters were removed from poles in areas of East Mayo.
The Director of Elections for Fine Gael in the county Tom Garvey denied reports that dozens of Michelle Mulherin's election posters were illegally removed in the area saying instead that they were taken down “on his instruction”.
He stated that he had instructed that the FG posters in East Mayo be taken down and returned to the relevant candidate for placing in their assigned areas.
Mr Garvey conclude “ it's important that posters highlighting individual candidates are only placed in the "internally agreed division of areas within the Mayo constituency".