Senator Gerard Craughwell

Independent Senator
Gerard Craughwell

I'm surprised at how much important work that effects so many peoples lives goes on in Leinster House, unnoticed by the general public. As an independent Senator, I intend to participate in the legislative process making it more effective and responsive to citizens needs.

The CONSTITUENCY COMMISSION REPORT 2017 has just been published based on the results of the 2016 Census of Population Result

A PDF of full report is available at: Constituency Commission Report 2017

The constituencies of Cavan/Monaghan, Dublin Central and Kildare South will each gain one additional TD

However  the constituencies of Laois and Offaly were merged and will lose one seat as a result.

Other recommendations include: 

Summary of Main Recommendations

The number of members of Dáil Éireann should be 160. (presently 158)

There should be 39 constituencies of which 13 will be 5 seat, 17 will be 4 seat and

9 will be 3 seat.

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.

 

The counties of Cavan and Monaghan, with some population from the

constituency of Meath East, should form the Cavan-Monaghan constituency

which should become a 5 seat constituency. The rest of the constituency of

Meath East should remain as a 3 seat constituency. The constituencies of Meath

West (3 seat), Louth (5 seat) and Longford-Westmeath (4 seat) should remain

unchanged.

 

The constituency of Donegal (5 seat) should remain unchanged. The counties of

Sligo and Leitrim with some population from south Donegal (with no change) and

from county Roscommon should form the 4 seat Sligo-Leitrim constituency. The

rest of the Roscommon-Galway constituency, with additional population from

Galway East, should remain a 3 seat constituency. The rest of Galway East with

some population from Galway West should remain a 3 seat constituency.

 

Galway West, less some population transferred to Galway East and some Mayo

population transferred to Mayo, should remain a 5 seat constituency. Mayo

with some additional population from Galway West should remain a 4 seat

constituency.

The county of Clare should form a 4 seat constituency. The City and County of

Limerick should form the 3 seat constituency of Limerick County and the 4 seat

Limerick City constituency which should include some population from county

Tipperary. The rest of county Tipperary (including the part of county Tipperary that

is in the existing Offaly constituency) should form a 5 seat constituency.

 

The county of Kildare should form a 4 seat Kildare North constituency and a 4

seat Kildare South constituency which should include some population from

county Offaly and some population from county Laois. The rest of the counties of

Laois and Offaly should be joined to form a 5 seat constituency.

 

The entire county of Carlow with the entire county of Kilkenny should form

a 5 seat constituency. The entire county of Wicklow should form a 5 seat

constituency.

 

There should be no change to the five Cork constituencies; Cork East (4 seat),

Cork North-Central (4 seat), Cork North-West (3 seat), Cork South-Central (4 seat),

Cork South-West (3 seat).

 

The constituencies of Kerry (5 seat), Waterford (4 seat) and Wexford (5 seat)

should remain unchanged.

 

 Summary of recommendations for European Parliament Constituencies

There should be no change to the 3 constituencies for the election of the 11 members

of the European Parliament; Dublin (3 seat), Midlands-North-West (4 seat) and South

(4 seat).

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GCraughwell @AxelGrindington @defenceforces You may well get jumped on. I won't do it just am convinced of need for @defenceforces

2 hours ago. via Twitter for iPhone in reply to AxelGrindington

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GCraughwell @DAMOSPOSTS @defenceforces That is a problem in every country.

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GCraughwell @BenDalton15 Interesting question. Personally I think the freedoms given to prisoners has gone too far.

5 hours ago. via Twitter for iPhone in reply to BenDalton15

 

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