I recently had occasion to speak to an old school English socialist party worker who was spending a few days in Limerick. He was intrigued with as he put it the ‘vulgar’ amount of election posters assaulting the senses on his way in from Shannon. Too true. After the last trip down this aisle there was some talk of a cutback of the unnecessary volume of these toxic flags. This was not to be. Quirky media fillers from the last election showed images of houses and boats made from these tenacious oversized flyers relegating a ‘less is more’ argument straight to the wastebin. This time we now encounter a doubling of strained nervous plastic faces 1984-ing locals and tourists alike.The visitor I spoke to registered the generic Fine Gael's campaign in particular. ‘Are the people in the back of the picture chasing the candidate?’ he wondered. "Also are all in that crowd white?". No but the design doesn't flag it. I had wondered about that poster myself. Are the models Irish or stock imagery? Because its the campaigns; ( the party and the design agency’s) decided image of how the Celtic tigers grown up children appear. They look quite conservative.
The whole soap opera encapsulated in these overbearing dioramas mean little to the youth of Thomondgate. Where these unbending placards haven't been burnt leaving melted gobs on the pavement they have been co-opted / initiated into the realm of the celtic tigers cousins (Hey cuz!). The people the design agencies don't have stock imagery for. The streets redesign now sees Fine Gael's Hurley properly attired and outfitted for a radical shift in the party's policy and you couldn't get fairer than that in a democracy.