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2007 Constituency Review

Background

On 26 April 2007 the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government made an order to establish a Constituency Commission to review Dáil and European constituencies. The Commission was required to report to the Chairman of the Dáil by 26 October 2007.

Ireland had seen dramatic changes in population since the last review of boundaries in 2004. In three constituencies, the population had increased by over 20% between the 2002 and 2006 census: Dublin West (+26.9%), Meath East (+24.1%) and Dublin North (+21.7%). Only three constituencies recorded a fall in population over the same period: Dublin North East (-4.3%), Dun Laoghaire (-1.8%) and Dublin North Central (-1.3%).

The three seat constituency of Dublin West had the highest population per member (30,967), and the five seat constituency of Dun Laoghaire had the lowest (22,833).

The total population of the Republic of Ireland as recorded by the 2006 census was 4,239,848. The Dáil The 166 seats in the Dáil gave an average population of 25,541 per member. This was almost exactly halfway between the constitutional limits of not fewer than 20,000 and not more than 30,000 population per member across the State.

The Commission invited submissions from any interested parties. The closing date for Dáil constituencies was Tuesday 31 July 2007, and for European Constituencies was Friday 31 August 2007.


Recommendations

The Commission submitted its report to the Chairman of Dáil Éireann on 23 October 2007. The main recommendations are that Louth and Dublin West should each gain a seat, and Dun Laoghire and Limerick East should each lose a seat. While it is proposed to rename some constituencies, the total number remains at 43, largely similar to the current areas. The most significant changes affect the Kerry/Limerick and Louth/Meath areas. It is proposed to rename Limerick East as Limerick City; Limerick West as Limerick; and Kerry North as Kerry North Limerick West. In all, changes are proposed to 24 constituencies.

Proposed Constituencies

   Members per Constituency   Boundary Revision   Euro 
 Seat1 
 Constituency   Current   New   Change   +   -   Total 
Carlow Kilkenny 5 5 - East
Cavan Monaghan 5 5 - North West
Clare 4 4 -  North West 
Cork East 4 4 - -4,255 4,255 South
Cork North Central 4 4 - +8,589 8,589 South
Cork North West 3 3 - -4,334 4,334 South
Cork South Central 5 5 - South
Cork South West 3 3 - South
Donegal North East 3 3 - -2,359 2,359 North West
Donegal South West 3 3 - +2,359 2,359 North West
Dublin Central 4 4 - Dublin
Dublin Mid West 4 4 - Dublin
Dublin North 4 4 -  -21,969  21,969 Dublin
Dublin North Central 3 3 - +2,758 2,758 Dublin
Dublin North East 3 3 - +9,201 -2,758 11,959 Dublin
Dublin North West 3 3 - Dublin
Dublin South 5 5 - +11,673 11,673 Dublin
Dublin South Central 5 5 - Dublin
Dublin South East 4 4 - Dublin
Dublin South West 4 4 - Dublin
Dublin West 3 4 +1 +12,768 12,768 Dublin
Dun Laoghaire 5 4 -1 -11,673 11,673 Dublin
Galway East 4 4 - North West
Galway West 5 5 - North West
Kerry North Limerick West
  currently Kerry North
3 3 - +13,146 -5,098 18,244 South
Kerry South 3 3 - +5,098 5,098 South
Kildare North 4 4 - +1,314 1,314 East
Kildare South 3 3 - -1,314 1,314 East
Laoighis Offaly 5 5 - -4,276 4,276 East
Limerick City
  currently Limerick East
5 4 -1  -17,242 17,242 South
Limerick
  currently Limerick West
3 3 - +17,242 -13,146 30,388 South
Longford Westmeath 4 4 - North West
Louth 4 5 +1 +17,333 17,333 East
Mayo 5 5 - North West
Meath East 3 3 - +6,776 -17,333 24,109 East
Meath West 3 3 - -6,776 6,776 East
Roscommon Leitrim South 3 3 - -3,376 3,376 North West
Sligo Leitrim North 3 3 - +3,376 3,376 North West
Tipperary North 3 3 - +4,276 4,276 South
Tipperary South 3 3 - South
Waterford 4 4 - South
Wexford 5 5 - East
Wicklow 5 5 - East
Total Seats 166 166 -
Total Constituencies 43 43 -

1 The proposed European Parliament constituencies follow the local government county and city boundaries and may vary from the constituency boundaries.

 
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