Almost Anonymous ‘No To Lisbon’ Posters

May 14, 2008 at 1:11 am 15 comments

You’ve probably seen the almost anonymous ‘No to Lisbon’ posters festooning the lamp posts of Dublin and probably elsewhere. If not, here are a couple of them:

Well, If they were anonymous, they would be illegal.

Section 140 of the Electoral Act 1992 makes it illegal to publish any notice, bill or poster promoting an election candidate without including the name and address of the printer and of the publisher. Section 6 of the Referendum Act 1994 applies this provision to referendums.

But these posters scrape into the legal category, because they have a tiny line of text, which is unreadable when the poster is high on a lamppost, that describes the publishers as Coir.

Coir is based at the same address as Youth Defence, and its spokesperson is Richard Greene.

Campaign against Lisbon if you want, but have the courage to let voters know who you are.


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  • 1. Louis Cipher  |  May 15, 2008 at 7:15 am

    Just drove in to work via the N7 outside Naas this morning. Someone has plastered the side of the road and the Garden Center flyover with dozens of these posters. There were a few extra ones with pictures of monkeys on them too. No indication of who posted them which leads to the obvious question of who is responsible for removing them once this treaty vote is done with.

  • 2. Off The Meatrack  |  May 15, 2008 at 8:15 am

    Well spotted

    I did find those anonymous posters curious.

  • 3. Antaine  |  May 21, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Yes. Agreed. Well spotted. I was wondering who was sticking these poster up.
    Although I thought the posters with the monkeys with the see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil was very good!

  • 4. volunteer  |  May 23, 2008 at 2:26 pm


  • 5. Victor  |  May 26, 2008 at 8:22 am



  • 6. James  |  June 4, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    Spot on Michael. As patronising as most of the campaigning posters are, it is just plain cowardly when the organisations responsible for them display them anonymously like that.

  • 7. modestoroger  |  June 7, 2008 at 2:00 am

    Faced to TERRORISM MEDIA in favour of ‘YES’, to disseminate these arguments in favour of the ‘NO’. Send this link ‘’ to your email list
    I am a Catholic who loves Ireland and Christian Europe say:
    I am a Catholic.
    Can I approve of the Treaty of Lisbon?
    The violation of non-negotiable principles raises a grave question of conscience for
    Irish Catholics in the face of this referendum.
    A spectre is haunting Europe—it threatens you, the Christian future of your family, of Ireland, and of the Continent. It is a European Union without God and without moral principles.
    The Treaty of Lisbon seeks to reform, for you and for all Irish Catholics, the fundamental values which govern the functioning of the European Union. These new values are in stark contrast to the non-negotiable principles given by Pope Benedict XVI.
    The Pope insists that, in the construction of Europe, there are three areas in which the Church defends “non-negotiable principles”:
    • “the protection of life at every stage;
    • “the recognition and promotion of the natural structure of the family;
    • “and the protection of the right of parents to educate their children”.
    To be at peace with his conscience, when casting his vote in the referendum, a Catholic has to give absolute priority to these non-negotiable principles. The moral preservation of our children and the future prosperity of Catholic Ireland and of all Europe will depend on the level of respect that the E.U. shows towards these principles.
    Catholics must reject the Treaty of Lisbon
    Our Lord Jesus Christ commanded: “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His justice, and everything else shall be added on to you.” In contrast to the Divine commandment, if the Treaty of Lisbon is ratified by Irish Catholics:
    • The E.U. will ignore God and the Christian roots of Europe and will create a new European identity based on radical secularism and atheistic philosophies. We do not want our children to grow up in an Ireland without God!
    • The E.U. will impose a relativistic and evolving idea of human rights, contrary to Catholic moral teaching. We do not want the relativisation of the principles that we will pass on to our children and grandchildren!
    • The E.U. will considerably restrict the protection of human life and will facilitate abortion, euthanasia, and embryo experimentation. We do not want the mass murder of innocents being promoted throughout Europe!
    • The E.U. will destroy the family by dissociating it from marriage between one man and one woman. Our children have the right to live in a normal home, in accordance with Catholic principles!
    • The E.U. will impose excessive limits on the right of the parents to educate their children in accordance with their convictions. The freedom to pass on the Faith is a legacy that can never be challenged in Catholic Ireland!
    • The E.U. will recognise, for the first time in the history of international treaties, “sexual orientation” as a basis for non-discrimination, opening the way for homosexual marriage and adoption of children by homosexuals. If today promiscuity and immorality already invade our homes and ruin the education of our children, what will it be like when these kinds of practices are imposed on us?
    Catholics: only by uniting our voices can we be saved from this tragedy and this chastisement
    To prevent Ireland and all of Europe from distancing itself even further from the Kingdom of God, Irish Society for Christian Civilisation is campaigning for a rejection of the Treaty of Lisbon in the name of the Catholic non-negotiable principles.
    According to the late Pope, John Paul II, it is “the laity which by its particular vocation has the specific role of interpreting the history of the world in the light of Christ.”
    If you consider it a matter of conscience to make heard the voice of Catholic Ireland in this debate, then you already are part of this campaign.
    Click Here to read the study: “9 reasons why a conscientious Catholic citizen should reject the Treaty of Lisbon” (Click here for the document in .pdf format) or click here to order the printed booklet of this study, or to order flyers to distribute.
    You will understand why this referendum is happening at this crucial time in our history, and why it is not right for a Catholic to abstain in this hour of need. Above all, you will be able to influence and direct others among your acquaintances, clarifying the issues for them to prevent them from voting for the Treaty of Lisbon through ignorance or because of media or peer pressure.
    Participating in this campaign you will be doing your bit to alert our fellow Catholics so that, at the moment of casting their votes, they will remember what Jesus said: “He who is ashamed of Me and of My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes into His glory.” (Lk. 9:26)
    For the honour and glory of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ, say no to the Treaty of Lisbon and you will be saying yes to a Catholic Ireland and yes to a Christian Europe.

  • […] example, as was validly pointed out on That’s Ireland, many of the “no” posters were illegally published. Why were they not (promptly) […]

  • 9. James Connolly  |  June 11, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Good hearted women and men of ireland. Please do our european continent a favor and vote NO to the lisbon treaty.

    I ask your help for us all from germany. Most people in the 27 country’s are NOT AGAINST the european union but AGAINST an EU of the big businesses. Against an antidemocratic if not to say a faschist EU which do not care about their people. Wich do not care about our children and which do not care about peace.

    They only care about foreign ressources which they want to “secure” for europe by means of war if neccessary.

    They will send our children into dead, just to save their profits.

    Again, good people of ireland. Remind your history as a strong and free nation and as well remind your responsibility for every other european nation who don’t have the opportunity to vote about their future.

    God bless you..

  • 10. John  |  June 12, 2008 at 10:03 am

    I have just read the May15th comment re posters at Naas near the Garden centre. I put them up for Coir. They were removed soon after by the council and we had to replace them. I will take them down after the referendum. Others around Naas were put up by me also. The ‘monkey’ posters were targetted by Yes campaigners and selectively taken down due to their popularity, and the Yes peoples ultra-sensitivity. They refer to the proverb Hear no evil See no evil Speak no evil, and are not intended as personal attacks.

  • 11. John  |  June 12, 2008 at 10:05 am

    By the way, it is well known that Coir published them as they used them at their press conferences all the time. They are not illegal.

  • 12. John  |  June 12, 2008 at 10:06 am

    …and I am not nor ever have been in Youth Defence!

  • 13. Seamus Breathnach  |  June 27, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    Some Facts About THE IRISH

    1. Since the Middle Ages a Papal crowd calling themselves Catholics and forming ‘a middle nation’ took over Ireland and have governed it vi pulsa and ‘by the grace of God’ (of the Caesarean variety) ever since;
    2. Through the Papacy the Parish Priest took over in the new parishes from the secular native pagan Chieftains and have formed the most conservative and at times backward and fearful mind in Europe;
    3. Accordingly, in the Lisbon Vote, we witness the Irish (middle nation) turning their backs, as they have been trained to, on their own leaders, and notwithstanding net receipts of some 32b euros, without which the Irish would still be swinging out of a Castle-Cathedral culture, voted a resounding ‘No’ to Europe: the Irish , for the second time, took the money and ran;
    4. Sinn Fein/IRA , straight from the very limited and horrifically conservative streets of Belfast, coupled with a chap called Ganley (whom no one ever heard of before Lisbon, but who has assured one and all of how much of a ‘good catholic’ he is ), plotted from the most fearful location of the Christian right to garner the ‘No’ vote. The campaign ostensibly concerned itself with the fears of warfare (even though the US has been engaged in an illegal war for years out of Galway) , sexual promiscuity (even though no one dares mention ‘clerical pedophelia’, for which the Irish taxpayer rejoices in paying) and assorted ragtag sources of distemper, mostly aimed at the last premier, Mr Bertie Ahern;
    5. The Pope’s eulogy for the Irish in Europe, coupled with the Poles’ fervently praying for a ‘No Vote’, adds to the apparent senselessness of Irish political consciousness. What the Pope unfortunately doesn’t dare mention is One — Ireland’s Golden Age of Christianity consisted of trying to sell to Europe that which Europe had just discarded (Christianity) ; and Two: if the Irish played such a Christian role in Europe as the Pope conveniently imagines, why did his predecessors draft Laudabiliter, giving Ireland to Henry the 11 in order to Christianise it!
    6. Finally, what the Lisbon Irish Vote demonstrates is that Ireland is very impressionable, has little by way of cultural roots conducive of an enduring or intellectual conviction, and lastly, that it is , as it has been formed by 1500 years of priestcraft, utterly insecure in any secular way.

    Some people joined Europe — not to reform it — but to be reformed by it. I am one of these!

    Rather than having secular Europe stifled by a Papal veto every step of the way, maybe Europe should consider forging ahead and leaving Christianity to the Vatican and like-minded countries…

    Seamus Breathnach

  • 14. Three Monkeys  |  July 12, 2008 at 7:10 am

    I am a collector of the three monkeys and would like to add the poster with “The new EU won’t see you” to my collection. Who can help me to obtain one? Many thanks from Switzerland.

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