Dáil ‘likely to lose 8 TDs’

Cork, Kerry, and Tipperary could all lose Dáil seats under a redrawing ofconstituency boundaries.

A number of constituencies are set to be redrawn because of population changes outlined in the latest census and the Government’s pledge to reduce the number of TDs.

The Constituency Commission established last year to review the constituencies has until June 29 to take the Census data into account and report back to the Dáil.

Under its terms of reference, the commission is obliged to make recommendations based on a reduced Dáil size of between 153 and 160 TDs.

The Dáil currently has 166 TDs.

It was reported yesterday that the commission is likely to recommend a reduction of eight in the number of TDs in the Dáil to 158.

In regional terms, it’s thought that Dublin, Munster and Connacht-Ulster will each lose three seats, while Leinster (excluding Dublin) will gain one.

Specific constituency changes could see the two three-seat constituencies in Kerry merged into a single five-seater.

In the same vein, the two three-seat constituencies in Tipperary would be merged into a single five-seater. Cork South Central, a five-seat constituency, could be reduced to four.

In Connacht-Ulster, it is thought the two Donegal three-seat constituencies will be merged into a single five-seater.

Among the changes in Dublin, it is expected there will be extensive redrawing of individual constituencies, with the Tanaiste’s constituency of Dun Laoghaire among those which could lose a seat.

A spokesman for the Department of the Environment, under whose aegis the commission was established, said yesterday’s report was “purely speculative”.


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