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Morgan - Creation of additional three seat constituencies will make Dáil even less representative

7 January, 2004


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Environment and Local Government, Arthur Morgan TD was this evening highly critical of the decision to create additional three seat constituencies in Dublin, Meath, Roscommon, Sligo and Leitrim. He said the loss of five seat constituencies will favour the establishment parties and prevent the emergence of new voices in Irish politics, making the Dáil even less representative than it is today."

Deputy Morgan said: "Given the constraints placed on the Constituency Commission by the 1997 Electoral Act, which limits constituencies to a maximum of five seats, there are few surprises in today's report.

"However, the decision to increase the number of three seat constituencies and decrease the number of five seat constituencies is a backward step. It is something, which will favour the establishment parties and prevent the emergence of new voices in Irish politics, making the Dáil even less representative that it currently is.

"Sinn Féin, in our submission, called for a return to larger constituencies, as the number of members returned per constituency is a crucial component of our electoral system. We believe that a wider political spectrum is more democratic and more representative. It is disappointing that such a position was not adopted.

"Today's report is good news for the establishment parties and bad news for representative democracy. Despite this Sinn Féin is confident that the electorate will continue to support radical voices in Irish politics." ENDS

The full report will be available at www.constituency-commission.ie

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