Fitzger­ald not tak­ing van­dal­ism scan­dal to gar­daí

BUSI­NESS­MAN AD­MITS DE­FAC­ING POSTERS

Bray People - - ELECTION 2011 - DEB­O­RAH COLE­MAN

ELIM­I­NATED FIANNA FÁIL elec­tion can­di­date Cllr. Pat Fitzger­ald has de­cided not to take ac­tion against a high-pro­file Ark­low busi­ness­man who ad­mit­ted de­fac­ing one of his cam­paign posters.

The busi­ness­man, who has since re­signed from Fine Gael, made a full apol­ogy to Cllr. Fitzger­ald this week but has re­fused to make any com­ment to the press on the mat­ter.

The Wick­low Peo­ple has learned that the van­dal­ism was wit­nessed and cap­tured on CCTV dur­ing an in­ci­dent which saw the per­pe­tra- tor use a spray can to de­face the poster at Old Chapel Ground.

Cllr. Fitzger­ald con­firmed re­ports that an­other Fine Gael party mem­ber was present at the time of the in­ci­dent but ac­cepted that he had no part in it.

‘I find it shock­ing that an up­stand­ing mem­ber of the com­mu­nity would stoop to such low lev­els. I have given him my views on the mat­ter but will not be tak­ing it fur­ther with Gar­daí. I de­cided against rais­ing the is­sue dur­ing my cam­paign to avoid ac­cu­sa­tions of elec­tion­eer­ing. I am very dis­ap­pointed over the mat­ter,’ said Cllr. Fitzger­ald.

Coun­cil­lor Pat Fitzger­ald.

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