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Boundary Commission Report reduces representation for a growing population

21 June, 2012 - by Brian Stanley TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Environment, Community & Local Government, Brian Stanley TD, has said the Boundary Commission report was all about moving boundaries and reducing representation for a growing population.

Responding to the publication of the Constituency Commission Report 2012, Stanley said;

“The report recommends an overall reduction of eight seats from 166 to 158 seats. This is despite the growth in population in this state. Census 2011 results show that Ireland’s population has continued to grow strongly since Census 2006, increasing by 348,404 persons to 4,588,252 persons. This represents an increase of 8.2 per cent over the five year period.

“The commission claims that it was required to base its report on the population in Census 2011. This report fails to reflect this reality. It was the first time that a commission has had a predetermined outcome of reducing the number of Dail TDs.

“This government got elected on a platform of reform. If this report is implemented it will clearly undermine their credibility on this issue. In order to strengthen democracy we must ensure that there is proper and full representation. Reducing the number of TDs only restricts representation, consolidates power around larger parties and further restricts minority views.

“Sinn Féin is looking for a full debate on this report and when the relevant legislation is brought to the Dáil we will be studying it carefully to ensure it strengthens democracy and representation.”


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