An extraordinary litany of visually degrading redundancy there, and what is ultimately a considerable waste of tax-payers' money.
Let's work this out. A typical 76mm x 3300mm traffic pole with plastic cap of the most basic variety costs approximately €90. Buying in bulk naturally results in savings, but taking account of the many larger and more complex poles on offer above, including the ravishing H number and the ever-popular L shape, we are talking considerably in excess of €10,000 literally littered like confetti all over the city just with the above. In addition, the longer these poles are left functionless, the more open they become to degredation and ultimately a loss in value. In effect, we have an array of depreciating public assets left to rot around the city. Where is the value in this? Never mind the degrading impact on their host environments.
There are naked pointless poles as charted by Devin, but equally there are fully clothed, and thus even more expensive, pointless poles too.
Take May Lane just off Smithfield - this array of obscene wastage never fails to baffle. We have no less than six poles hosting eight parking signs, many saying exactly the same thing, over a stretch of streetscape shorter than the West Front of Trinity College.
Only five are marked above.
Why is our money being wasted like this?
Why on earth is a second pole and two additional signs needed? At most, a single extra sign is all that is in order. Bonkers stuff.
In all honesty, did they just have nothing else to do that day?
This type of practice can be seen all over the city. Visually degrading, obstructing to pedestrians, confusing for the intended audience, and a complete waste of public money. Everybody loses. Except the sign company, of course.
Over on Westmoreland Street, the free-for-all in private signage continues, this time in an ACA. An aul H-shape traffic sign stands stranded for goodness how long at this point, while no less than two parking signs signal the presence of a private car park.
The second one of course newly erected in front of the soon to be installed way finding signage.
Over on O'Connell Bridge, the operators of the new Leprechaun Museum who are calling for new standards of presentaton in the city, swashbuckle about sticking up there tack wherever they can squeeze it in. In this case slap bang in front of one of the most important vistas in the city. You can't have it every way lads. Stop being so Irish, please - it's embarrassing.
Need their partners in hamfistedness even be noted. Both stitched onto a raw galvanised pole.