Dublin Fire Brigade called to extinguish referendum posters which had been set alight
A huge number of posters, campaigning for both sides, have been vandalised and removed in recent weeks.
Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) took to social media on Saturday evening to share images of a recent callout of theirs which involved the setting alight of posters advocating for referendum votes.
A crew from Phibsborough Fire Station were called to the city centre to extinguish posters campaigning for votes in the upcoming abortion referendum which had been lit ablaze.
DFB's social media team took to Twitter to share images of the posters which were tied to street lamps at the time.
Last night a crew from Phibsborough extinguished referendum posters set alight on @DubCityCouncil public street lights. Apart from damaging very old and characteristic street furniture it can also cause damage to the internal electrics. pic.twitter.com/VZsThx85Pc
— Dublin Fire Brigade #StayHomeSaveLives (@DubFireBrigade) April 28, 2018
The team warned that setting fire to these posters can cause further damage to the structure on which they're tied as well as compromising Dublin street furniture.
"Last night a crew from Phibsborough extinguished referendum posters set alight on Dublin City Council public street lights," the tweet says.
"Apart from damaging very old and characteristic street furniture it can also cause damage to the internal electrics."
The topic of such posters has been brought up numerous times in both public and private spaces, with the ESB chiming in stating that any abortion referendum posters attached to electricity poles will be removed.
Dublin City Council has received numerous complaints about posters related to the Eighth Amendment referendum, with the majority of complaints focused on the content of the posters themselves.
However, authorities are only licensed to remove a poster if it's hung incorrectly or doesn’t have its publisher’s name and address on it.
The council does not have any power to control what appears across the signs.
Speaking about their controversial referendum posters, Cora Sherlock, spokesperson for LoveBoth, said that she believes that unrestricted abortion has nothing to do with healthcare.
“Our first poster focuses on the development of the unborn baby and touches on key milestones at the beginning of a baby’s life," Sherlock said.
A baby's heart is beating at just three weeks in the womb. By 12 weeks the baby has a face and is starting to suck his or her thumb. Incredibly, the government's proposal wants to allow this baby's life to be ended for any reason up to this point."
"Unrestricted abortion has nothing to do with healthcare. It has nothing to do with saving lives and everything to do with ending the lives of babies in their mother's womb."
The LoveBoth poster features an ultrasound image with the caption: 'I am nine weeks old. I can yawn and kick. Don’t repeal me.'
A number of instances have been reported in which members of the public have been spotted tearing down campaign posters in an act of vandalism.
Just three months ago, Down Syndrome Ireland released a statement condemning the use of children with Down Syndrome on pamphlets and posters set to be used by the Pro-Life movement.
It's believed that the use of such a child in campaign posters is targeting those in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment, insinuating that they are in favour of ‘screening out’ people with disabilities through abortion.
Just this week, a Maser mural which depicts a heart with the word 'Repeal' inscribed inside has been reinstated on the walls of Dublin city centre for a third time, following the removal of such twice by Dublin City Council and the Charities Regulator.