Fine Gael councillor, John McCartin has welcomed the reinstatement of the Leitrim/Sligo constituency. Speaking to the Leitrim Observer, Cllr McCartin said that it was “only fitting that the country’s least populous county should be allowed to speak with one voice”.
McCartin also said that “the addition areas of South Donegal and West Cavan are welcome neighbours. As the only part of Connaught to lie east of the Shannon, we in south Leitrim have more cultural and economic links with our Ulster neighbours than most of the western Provence.”
The Fine Gael councillor, who lives half a mile from Co Cavan, also said that the West Cavan area, which includes his mothers home parish of Cornafean, “will be very compatible electoral partners”. He also noted that” with a population of little under 14,000, west Cavan will be king maker in the new constituency.”
Added to this Cllr McCartin said his father Joe, served both the Donegal and Cavan parts of the constituency in the European Parliament for 25 years so he has great memories of campaigning there and he looks forward to doing it again.