Leitrim based Fianna Fáil Senator Paschal Mooney has welcomed indications today that Co Leitrim may no longer be split into two separate constituencies. Senator Mooney was commenting on reports today that the Constituency Commission will recommend that the original Sligo-Leitrim constituency be restored before the next election.
The Leitrim Senator said, “This would be fantastic news for Leitrim voters. If the recommendation is accepted, it means that all of Leitrim would be restored into one constituency along with Sligo. It will bring an end to the split in our county for electoral purposes.
“We will know for certain next month when the report from the Constituency Commission is published. It is expected to recommend significant changes to the current constituency boundaries with the overall number of TDs to be reduced by 8 to 158. Under the proposals the Connacht-Ulster region would lose a total of 3 seats.
“The splitting of Leitrim into two constituencies with Sligo and Roscommon was met with great controversy. The reunification of our county would mean that Leitrim would once again speak with one voice,” said Senator Mooney.