Census figures may spark constituency change

Fears that the new constituency commission will retain the splitting of Co Leitrim into two constituencies for the next general election have been raised yet again following Minister Hogan’s announcement that he wants to see the number of TDs reduced by up to 13.

Fears that the new constituency commission will retain the splitting of Co Leitrim into two constituencies for the next general election have been raised yet again following Minister Hogan’s announcement that he wants to see the number of TDs reduced by up to 13.

Sinn Fein Councillor, Sean McSharry is calling on the Minister to strengthen the terms of reference given to the Constituency Commission to ensure that smaller counties such as Leitrim are no longer split into separate constituencies.

His call has been given greater urgency after preliminary Census 2011 figures showed that both Sligo/North Leitrim and Roscommon/South Leitrim are well within the 30,000 population maximum set per TD under the constitution.

According to the preliminary 2011 figures the constituency of Roscommon/South Leitrim saw a population increase of around 8.6 percent in the last five years meaning there is one TD for every 26,931 people.

The situation is similar in Sligo/North Leitrim with an increase of 8 percent meaning there is one TD representing every 26,717 people.

See this week’s Leitrim Observer for the full story.