MARC MacSHARRY has called for the abolition of the body which decides on the make-up of Dáil constituencies.
new formula needs to be found and put to voters in a referendum,
MacSharry said: ''Preserving the status quo is not an option.''
The Sligo TD was speaking shortly after publication late last night of the Constituency Commission Report 2017. See link below.
is inconceivable,'' said MacSharry, ''that consecutive Governments have
continued to preside over a Constituency Commission which continues to
divide counties and disenfranchise local communities."
the North West we have had a multitude of unecessary division of
counties with Leitrim, Cavan, Donegal and now Roscommon recklessly
This, he said, showed ''total contempt for the integrity and contiguous nature of county boundaries and local communities.
''The proposal to re-unite Co Cavan is something (we) all sought and is welcome.
consecutive Governments and their appointed Constituencies Commission
is not fit for purpose and requires urgent reform,'' MacSharry urged.
view was underpinned by the Commission decision to continue with the
division of Donegal ''and to needlessly slice up County Roscommon.''
MacSharry last night: " In my submission to the Constituencies
Commission, while proposing the reunification of both Donegal and Cavan
and keeping Sligo Leitrim together, was within the current
constitutional criteria The Commission chose to ignore this and add
insult to injury by dividing County Roscommon.''
now wants the Government ''to immediately appoint an expert group to
work out and suggest a formula which ensures county boundaries are never
Each county, he felt, would be assured of at least one representative in Dáil Éireann.
a formula will be difficult to design but it is now essential in the
interests of protecting our traditions as a nation in providing that all
people have local representative voices in our national parliament"
drawing up the current criteria in Bunreacht Na hEireann in 1937 De
Valera and his colleagues could not have foreseen the migration patterns
and eastern conurbation,'' he said.
MacSharry observed these patterns now extend from Dundalk to Dublin to Waterford and on to Cork, Limerick and Galway.
we stand still and ignore this,'' said MacSharry: ''Within a couple of
generations we will see a proliferation of Dail representation with up
to 80% of TDs in the greater Dublin, Cork, Waterford, Limerick, and
Galway City catchments .
warned the remaining 20% would be made up of ''multiple county
constituencies and become the the norm for those TDs (serving) that 20%.
MacSharry: ''Yes, it will be a challenge to strike a formula that
ensures county boundaries are respected and to ensure at least one
deputy in each County but the situation is critical and must be
the status quo is not an option. The appropriate formula must be
found and put to the people in a referendum for ratification. "
member of Dáil Éireann will work for the people of any county or any
community and all of us who have had the pleasure to serve on behalf of
multiple counties are proud to do so and will continue to do so.
a stop must be put to this outdated policy which once again has
shredded communities in Counties Donegal and Roscommon. Our people
deserve no less,'' said MacSharry.
Link: Sligo Today 28/6/2017