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Sinn Féin welcome scrapping of planned Antrim Coast and Glens Constituency

18 May, 2006

Sinn Féin National Director of Elections Pat Doherty MP today welcomed the decision of the Boundary Commission to abandon plans to form the proposed Antrim Coast and Glens constituency.

Mr Doherty said:

"When the original proposals for the Antrim Coast and Glens constituency were published we made our opposition known both publicly and privately to the Boundary Commission. There was no logic behind this proposal and I welcome the fact that the Commission has seen sense and accepted that this idea should be scrapped.

"The Boundary Commission has a vital role to play in ensuring that the political landscape in the six counties for so many years distorted by unionist gerrymandering is fair and delivers a level electoral playing field.

"Sinn Féin will study in detail today‚s report and we will make a detailed submission to the Commission at the conclusion of that process." ENDS

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