New council could lead to ‘annihilation’ of rural areas in Limerick

Gerard Fitzgibbon

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Gerard Fitzgibbon

Changes: Cllr Jerome Scanlan
RURAL Limerick is facing “annihilation” in the joint Limerick local authority, the Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council believes, after it was confirmed that city councillors will outnumber county councillors from 2014.

RURAL Limerick is facing “annihilation” in the joint Limerick local authority, the Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council believes, after it was confirmed that city councillors will outnumber county councillors from 2014.

Cllr Jerome Scanlan has led a chorus of “absolute disappointment” among county councillors, after the Limerick Electoral Area Boundary Committee report recommended that there be 21 councillors elected from Limerick city and 19 from the county at next year’s local elections.

The new joint local authority will have three metropolitan districts in the east, north and west of the city, and three electoral areas in the county: Newcastle West, Adare-Rathkeale and Cappamore-Kilmallock.

See the Limerick Leader weekend editions for a full geographical breakdown of the new boundary changes.