Minister asked to keep 2014 Wexford boundaries

Minister John Paul Phelan, who has responsibility for Local Government and Electoral Reform is being asked to consider a submission that the four main towns in Wexford retain the 2014 district boundaries and reject proposed new boundary changes. In short, no changes to the existing arrangements.
If this demand isn’t met then it is planned to send a delegation to meet with the Minister.
The matter of new electoral districts was the subject of a special meeting of Wexford County Council at Carricklawn today and was also on the regular monthly agenda.
However, all discussions were held ‘in committee’ and away from the ears of the local Press.
At the January meeting of Enniscorthy Municipal District Council members called on Minister Phelan asking that he reconsider boundary changes in the Wexford constituency.
Minister Phelan acknowledged the concerns of members and called for a discussion on the matter at County Council level and come up with submissions or suggestions for his adjudication.
The matter arose out of the creation of a Kilmuckridge electoral area consisting of four members that would share its affairs with another district.
The Local Boundary Area Committee No. 1 Report published last summer recommended that Enniscorthy and Kilmuckridge would be amalgamated to make a 10-seater Municipal District, however, a Statutory Instrument on December 19th indicated that Kilmuckridge would be amalgamated to Gorey making it the largest Municipal District in the county.
This would mean that Enniscorthy would only have six seats on the 34-member Council.
Rosslare would have its own electoral division and its own Municipal Council with five members, including its own chairperson, after the Local Elections next May.
Enniscorthy and New Ross are set for down-sizing from eight members each to six each.
Wexford Borough District will complete the line-up.
Minister John Paul Phelan will consider the submissions from members at today’s Wexford County Council meeting and his final decision will be eagerly awaited.

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