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Sinn Féin calls for review of constituency boundaries following preliminary census figures

19 July, 2006


Sinn Fein Environment and Local Government spokesperson Arthur Morgan TD has said there should be a complete review of the constituency boundary and representations following the next general elections. Deputy Ó Snodaigh was speaking following the release of preliminary census figures which show more than half of the country's 43 constituencies are well outside the requirement for equal representation.

He said, "The census has provided details about the population increase over the past five years, which has seen a huge increase in numbers in a ring of constituencies around Dublin. Unless there is a change in constituency boundaries it will mean that constituencies like Dublin West, Meath East, Kildare North and Louth will be seriously under-represented while Dublin North West, Cavan Monaghan, Kerry North, Sligo Leitrim and Limerick West will be over-represented.

"Sinn Fein believes that there should be a complete review of the constituency boundary and representations following the next general elections. The overhaul should take place after the Election to afford the Boundary Commission a sufficient timeframe and to have the confirmed figures of the recent census before redrawing any of the constituencies." ENDS

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