Dáil Éireann - Volume 673 - 05 February, 2009
Written Answers. - Local Government Elections.
Deputy Lucinda Creighton Deputy Lucinda Creighton
Deputy Lucinda Creighton asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will refrain from signing the ministerial order to give effect to the Electoral Area Boundary Report’s recommendation to split the village of Sandymount, Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3735/09]
Deputy John Gormley Deputy John Gormley
Deputy John Gormley: On 16 June 2008, I received the reports of the two independent Boundary Committees I established in January 2008 to review local electoral areas. When publishing the reports on 17 June 2008, I announced that, consistent with long established practice in respect of constituency formation at European, national and local levels in Ireland, I was accepting the recommendations contained in them. It is my view that to review or seek to amend the recommendations of the committees would undermine the independent and apolitical nature of the process. I have made 33 out of the 37 necessary orders (including the order relating to the Dublin City Council area) to give effect to the recommendations in the reports. The remaining four orders will be made as soon as possible.
Dáil Éireann 673 Written Answers. Local Government Elections.