*Updated* Is Youth Defence breaking by-laws to continue their anti-choice poster campaign?
Dublin City Council allows postering on their property (e.g. lamposts) within strict guidelines (here). Posters may only be posted for specific events and/or meetings. They must be posted within 7 days of the event/meeting and taken down within 7 days of the event/meeting’s finish.
Youth Defence recently posted the posters (above) across the city to advertise a ‘Pro-Life Meeting’ on Sat.22/06 at 5pm in Wynn’s Hotel. Our source attended Wynn’s Hotel at the appointed time to find no meeting in progress. Our source enquired within the hotel and they had no knowledge of the supposed meeting. Our source later phoned the Duty Manager (name recorded) and he confirmed that no booking had been made.
The information was passed to DCC.
We challenge DCC publicly to act against Youth Defence. Wynn’s Hotel – Phone: 01-874 5131. We believe a fine of €150 per poster have been imposed on many other groups in the past (example).
The City Council has investigated this issue and can confirm that a meeting was organised and a booking arranged with the hotel ( Council has documentary evidence to that effect). The organisers and other attendees did attend the hotel for the meeting but the meeting did not proceed as there appears to have been a mix up in the booking arrangements.
The Council therefore is satisfied that the organisers have not breached the terms of the Postering Protocol and will not be pursuing the matter further.
Hugh Coughlan Administrative Officer
rabble spoke with Hugh Coughlan and while Wynn’s Hotel did indeed have NO record of a reservation, Youth Defence were able to supply a confirmation email to their reservation enquiry.
We’re all correct! *Hugs*