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O’Neill raises Boundary Commission concerns with Dublin government

14 March, 2018 - by Michelle O'Neill

 Sinn Féin Vice President Michelle O’Neill has formally asked the Irish Government to scrutinise controversial new electoral boundary proposals that would deny representation to thousands of Northern nationalists.

Michelle O’Neill said: “The Boundary Commission proposals, if they go ahead, will leave at least four Assembly constituencies without any nationalist representation whatsoever. Thousands of nationalists will be left without democratic representation and that is entirely unacceptable.

“The Commission was established in 2016 with a remit to distribute the electorate in a fair and equitable way. They originally brought forward proposals to do that. They then radically revised their original proposals in favour of a new plan which very closely mirrors one produced by the DUP.

“Sinn Féin is making a strong submission to the Boundary Commission detailing the unfair and un-democratic impact of these changes and putting forward alternative proposals based on a fair and equitable approach. I have also raised our objections with the British Government, including Theresa May, on a number of occasions.

“I have now written to both An Taoiseach and An Tánaiste in order to formally record these concerns with the Irish Government and request that they closely scrutinise the Boundary Commission proposals, and raise this matter directly with the British Government.”

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