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Locals 2014 and proposed area changes??


Maothail Lad

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With local elections fast approaching, a reduced number of seats and changes to local area boundaries whats in store for Leitrim 2014?

How many boundaries will there be?
How will geographical change effect sitting councillors?
Will there be any new faces in terms of candidates?
Any current councillors to not run again?
Will Enda Stenson hold his unbelievable vote?

This should be a fairly broad discussion as there is so much scope for change
 

Maothail Lad

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With local elections fast approaching, a reduced number of seats and changes to local area boundaries whats in store for Leitrim 2014?

How many boundaries will there be?
How will geographical change effect sitting councillors?
Will there be any new faces in terms of candidates?
Any current councillors to not run again?
Will Enda Stenson hold his unbelievable vote?

This should be a fairly broad discussion as there is so much scope for change
I thought the boundary proposals submitted to the boundary committee were quite interesting on many levels:
1. There is no formal proposals from either Fianna Fáil or Sinn Féin.
2. All the proposals that were submitted show a preference for 3 six seater areas.
3. I thought it was particularly interesting that the FG councillors and the supposedly Independent Enda Stenson had the exact same proposal word for word. Wonder who actually drafted the proposal?
4. Was disappointed the council itself did not make a submission, but that was somewhat inevitable as many of the options and proposals would directly impact on sitting councillors.
5 Was surprised that no-one favoured or proposed a 2 district option, maybe a North Leitrim/South Leitrim with 9 seats apiece or even a 8 /10 seat divide in favour of South Leitrim and it's larger population and vital towns.
6. I think FG were clearly more worried about the division of boundaries than FF, who will probably come out of this the best.
 

True Republican

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leitrim only needs about 5 or 6 county councillors for a population of just over 30,000, 18 councillors is still far too many.
 

neiphin

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tooman ?
 

commonman

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County Councils should be done away with, put in regions and merge all services, we will say put four or five counties together one manager like wise on roads water ect.
 

neiphin

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County Councils should be done away with, put in regions and merge all services, we will say put four or five counties together one manager like wise on roads water ect.
contracts to private companies ?
look at your tag line
 

Mattarigna

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5 Was surprised that no-one favoured or proposed a 2 district option, maybe a North Leitrim/South Leitrim with 9 seats apiece or even a 8 /10 seat divide in favour of South Leitrim and it's larger population and vital towns.
Why the surprise? As one of the submissions said, Leitrim is quite a long county, and you would be surprised at how rarely people from South Leitrim would travel to North Leitrim and vice versa. The mountains in North Leitrim, Lough Allen and the terrible roads linking the two halves of the county would be among the main reasons for this.

Also, it wouldn't work, as it would give North Leitrim a lot more representation, unless you take a large chunk out of South Leitrim as well. South Leitrim has two-thirds of the population, as well as the most important villiages - with the exception of Carrick, no settlement in Leitrim really deserves to be called a "town".
 

Ren84

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Why the surprise? As one of the submissions said, Leitrim is quite a long county, and you would be surprised at how rarely people from South Leitrim would travel to North Leitrim and vice versa. The mountains in North Leitrim, Lough Allen and the terrible roads linking the two halves of the county would be among the main reasons for this.

Also, it wouldn't work, as it would give North Leitrim a lot more representation, unless you take a large chunk out of South Leitrim as well. South Leitrim has two-thirds of the population, as well as the most important villiages - with the exception of Carrick, no settlement in Leitrim really deserves to be called a "town".
Leitrim is a funny shaped county. Also feck all live there. It should be chopped up with North Leitrim given to Shligo, while South Leitrim is handed over to Roscommon. Problem sorted. :)
 

Mattarigna

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Leitrim is a funny shaped county. Also feck all live there. It should be chopped up with North Leitrim given to Shligo, while South Leitrim is handed over to Roscommon. Problem sorted. :)
More than in Moyle.

And no thanks - For whatever reason, few, if any, in Leitrim wants the county to be divided and absorbed by Sligo and the Rossies.
 

Mattarigna

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We call them provinces.
Yeah, and I would disagree with merging counties to form them. However, the county lines do need to be amended - that much is certain. Carrick's cinema should NOT be in the jurisdiction of the neighbouring county, for example.
 
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