AN otherwise dull Fiscal Treaty campaign in North Tipperary came to life this Monday when the Labour Party accused Sinn Fein of taking down one of the party’s Yes posters in Nenagh.
According to a Labour campaign worker, the party placed a poster criticising Sinn Fein’s stance on the original bank bail out on a pole outside the Hibernian Inn pub on Pearse Street. The pub is run by Martin Morris, brother of SF councillor Seamus Morris.
Cllr Morris told the Tipperary Star this week that Labour had been asked not to put the poster on the pole.
“They were told not to put one ouside the Hi-B and they insisted, so it was taken down and given back to them,” said Cllr Morris.
He said that he rang a Labour campaigner on Monday night to give out to them over “crossing the line”.
However, Labour hit back by claiming that the poster highlighted what they said was the “hypocrisy of Sinn Fein in relation to the bank bail out”.
They said that Labour had decided to place two posters on the town’s main street and an the entrances to the Nenagh.
“We were never asked by the Hi-B or by Cllr Morris not to put a poster up outside the pub,” they said. “What SF did by taking it down was an illegal act and we have CCTV footage of it. We went to the Gardai about it.” However, the Tipperary Star understands that no formal complaint was made.
Meanwhile, Labour Junior Minister Alan Kelly said: “Sinn Fein likes to give a lot of stick, but they can’t take it and have resort to taking down posters. The Labour Party in North Tipperary won’t take threats or intimindation from Sinn Fein or anyone associated with them.”
Nenagh Gardai told the Tipperary Star that they had been contacted by the Labour Party in relation to the matter.