I welcome the publication of the Dáil Boundary Commission report and particularly the fact that Dublin Fingal remains intact, with no changes proposed.
We have seen in the past how damaging changes can be to our constituency, when Swords was divided and Portmarnock, Balgriffin and parts of Baskin were excluded from our constituency.
There was concern again that our area may be subject to some change. That is why I made a strong written submission to the Boundary Commission outlining my rationale for the importance of Dublin Fingal remaining as one, and that no areas be excluded, as was done in 2011. I have attached my submission to the Boundary Commission below.
I am very pleased that my views and the views of many other people in Dublin Fingal , who made submissions were taken into account.
In summary the Constituency Commission recommends that the number of members of Dáil Éireann should be 160 and that there should be 39 constituencies of which 13 will be 5 seat, 17 will be 4 seat and 9 will be 3 seat. The recommendations are summarised below.
In the Dublin area the constituencies of Dublin Bay South (4 seat), Dublin Fingal (5 seat), Dublin South-Central (4 seat), Dublin Mid-West (4 seat), Dublin South-West (5 seat) and Dublin West (4 seat) should remain unchanged.
Adjustments should be made between Dublin Rathdown (3 seat) and Dún Laoghaire (4 seat), and between Dublin North-West (3 seat), Dublin Bay North (5 seat) and Dublin Central which should change from a 3 seat to a 4 seat constituency.
You can view the full report on http://www.constituency-commission.ie/.