O’Donovan calls for voters to speak out against electoral boundaries

WEST Limerick voters who were left “disenfranchised” by the creation of the Kerry North/Limerick West constituency at the last election need to make their disappointment known, Limerick TD Patrick O’Donovan has said.

WEST Limerick voters who were left “disenfranchised” by the creation of the Kerry North/Limerick West constituency at the last election need to make their disappointment known, Limerick TD Patrick O’Donovan has said.

The Fine Gael deputy said that voters have until January to make submissions to the Constituency Commission, which was created by the Department of Environment in July to assess current and future electoral boundaries.

The commission have been advertising in recent weeks for public submissions which, along with the results of the last census, will be taken into account when drawing up the constituencies for the next general election.

Deputy O’Donovan, who is calling for all of West Limerick to be brought into the county Limerick constituency, said that locals opposed to the existing boundary lines need to “make their voice heard”.

“Separating part of West Limerick from the rest of Limerick was an illogical move that left people disenfranchised.

“It is my feeling that the two Kerry constituencies should become one five-seater and West Limerick should come into the rest of county Limerick. Even in a reduced Dáil, the census has shown that Limerick has a high enough population to warrant seven TDs, four in the city and three in the county, incorporating West Limerick.”

The deadline for public submissions to the constituency commission is January 10.

Submissions can be sent in writing to The Secretary, Constituency Commission, Room 1.65, Custom House, Dublin 1 or by e-mail to constituency.commission@environ.ie.