Ó Caoláin criticises “carve-up” of County Cavan
Commenting on the Report of the Constituency Commission, Cavan-Monaghan Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has criticised the decision to separate the greater part of west Cavan from the rest of the Cavan-Monaghan constituency.
Deputy Ó Caoláin has also voiced criticism at the decision to reduce the Dáil representation for Cavan and Monaghan from five to four TDs.
“The decision to separate most of West Cavan from the rest of County Cavan and from the Cavan-Monaghan constituency can only be described as a carve-up. Thirty-six district electoral divisions in West Cavan are to become part of a new constituency with South Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim.
“While I welcome the decision to reunify County Leitrim, the decision to split neighbouring counties runs totally contrary to the case for restoring the integrity of that county. The Commission was supposed, as far as possible, to respect County, provincial and local authority boundaries but all three have been breached in the case of West Cavan.
“I am also greatly disappointed by the decision to reduce the constituency representation from five seats to four. Cavan and Monaghan were both 3 seat constituencies before their amalgamation. Now the electorate of these two border counties will have their seat representation reduced to two-thirds their pre-1977 level.
“That said, I am confident that Sinn Féin in both Cavan-Monaghan and Sligo-Leitrim will return TDs with increased mandates at the next General Election. Our priority is to represent the people and present a real and radical political alternative, whatever the electoral boundaries.”