Sinn Féin join community protest against electoral boundary proposals
Sinn Féin joined a community-led protest in Dungiven today, in opposition to the current electoral boundary proposals which will see the town split into three constituencies.
Speaking after the protest, East Derry MLA Caoimhe Archibald said:
"We were at the protest today to support the people of Dungiven in their opposition to the electoral boundary proposals which will see the town split into three constituencies.
"The implementation of these proposals would see either side of Dungiven's Main Street located in two different constituencies, Mid Ulster and West Tyrone.
"There is also the ridiculous situation where the County Derry GAA centre of excellence at Owenbeg would be situated in the West Tyrone constituency.
"Dungiven is a small town with a tight knit community and strong ties with its surrounding areas. There is no doubt that locating Dungiven on the edge of three constituencies would have a negative impact on its future.
"The message from today's protest is clear, Dungiven will not be divided. The Boundary Commission should return to the 2016 boundary proposals which kept Dungiven and its hinterland intact.
"We would urge members of the public to make submissions to the Boundary Commission before 26th March and demand fairness in the electoral process."