Sinn Féin activists in Ashbourne had a busy New Year's Eve as they spent the day clearing the town's lampposts of abandoned cable-ties.
The party's local election candidate Darren O'Rourke said a group of members of the local Thomas Ashe Cumann had taken it upon themselves to remove the cable-ties, which had been left behind, in some cases for years, after the removal of various posters.
“Cable-ties are a real eyesore. They are often left behind after election posters or other advertising is removed. It was clear from the condition of many of the cable-ties that they had been there for a considerable time, years most likely. We removed hundreds," said O'Rourke.
"I encourage anyone who erects posters, including all the political parties later this year in the European and Local elections, to make sure they remove cable-ties when the election or event is over. We want to make sure that we have clean and beautiful town."
O'Rourke says he supports the introduction of colour coded cable ties to be used during election, where each party or candidate is designated a certain colour. He says this approach would help with accountability for the litter post election.