There is much mystery, rumour and comment surrounding the impending changes to local government and electoral boundaries within Co Leitrim.
The Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, has established a committee to review electoral areas. The review is being undertaken in prospect of the local elections to be held in 2014, with regard to the results of census 2011 and the action programme for effective local government that was published in October 2012.
The commission will provide recommendations on local electoral areas and the number of members for Leitrim County Council in 2014. The division of the electoral area in Leitrim is sure to cause quite a stir for sitting and prospective councillors in the county. The changes will not be announced until after May 2013, but rumours and speculation are abound around the county.
At this month’s VEC meeting held in Carrigallen Vocational School, there was a bit of banter on the subject.
Chairperson Damien Brennan who was a previous Fine Gael Councillor joked that Cllr Enda McGloin and Cllr Francie Gilmartin may have organised the visit to Carrigallen Vocational School,“seeing as this may be your new area,” he jested. Mr Brennan went on to warn the people of the area they “could be seeing lots of you two in Carrigallen soon!”
While Cllr Enda McGloin had a giggle, Cllr Gilmartin retorted “Not if I can help it!”
You can have your say on the local electoral boundaries, public submissions on the proposed changes can be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Secretary, Local Electoral Area Boundary committee, Room 1.77, Custom House, Dublin 1 before 31 May 2013.