Town manager John Breen yesterday said about 70 businesses had been contacted about the signs and the response so far had been extremely encouraging.
“We’ve outlined our efforts to win the top prize in the Tidy Towns competition and are urging people to work with us,” he said.
“We appreciate the difficulties people are in due to the current economic situation, but we’re aiming to get tacky signage removed.”
Mr Breen said some of the signs were “well short” of standards that should reflect Killarney’s image as a high-quality destination.
Killarney Mayor Michael Gleeson, who raised the issue at this week’s town council meeting, called for bylaws to control the placing of advertising posters and display materials in public places.
“The existing free-for -all in a town committed to neatness and tidiness is very inappropriate,” he said.
Mr Gleeson said people were putting up advertisements in places he thought were almost impossible to reach and maintained the uncontrolled advertising was a form of littering.
Fianna Fáil councillor Tom Doherty suggested that outdoor advertising and posters should be restricted to specified areas of the town. He also felt the council could earn some revenue out of selling display space in its car parks.
Independent councillor Niall O’Callaghan pleaded with council officials not to act in a heavy-handed manner with businesses that were struggling to survive.
“If people lose signs advertising their businesses, it could cost jobs,” he warned.
Killarney has come within a few marks of winning the top Tidy Towns prize in the past two years and some councillors warned that excess outdoor advertising could damage Killarney’s future chances.
A number of councillors were critical of a circus that had visited the town during the summer season and put up posters all over the place.
“I think the circus overdid it and completely ruined our town. I hope it won’t happen again,” said independent councillor Michael Courtney.