Respondents to a query on the constituency changes recommended by the Constituency Commission appear to be in favour of the change, although some have indicated that it is not fair to split other counties as part of the process.
Mick Reynolds said “It gives Leitrim a much better chance of having a TD elected than the ludicrous situation we had when we were sliced in two halves and, particularly in Roscommon-South Leitrim, we had little to no chance of having representation from our county.......but this seems good to me, even if there are 21,000 people from outside of the ‘Sligo-Leitrim’ constituency shoe-horned in from Cavan and Donegal,” he said, adding that he was “delighted to be out of a constituency with Ming Flanagan as well.”
His comment was echoed by Maeve Maria Ward who said the proposed changes would bring greater representation, allowing for “more scope for projects in the northwest corridor”. “Away from Ming is a huge relief,” she added.
Seadhna Logan questioned why it took so long for Co Leitrim to be reunified stating that “This re-drawing of the constituency shows that all previous arguments in favour of the split were just political spin.”
“Come election time, particularly in a party political context, how will parties operate candidate selection with four counties looking for representation. This decision is going to be extremely hard managed,” he said.
Mícheál McGarry said, “I’m way out of touch with the candidates. I generally would vote for someone that is willing to do something for the county and its constituents, rather than party.”
A slightly more tongue in cheek response however, came from Conor Gately who noted “If it takes a bit of gerrymandering to bring us the Rose of Tralee title then so be it.”