Malahide & Howth Jointed as one 5 Seat Ward – Loss of two seats.

Boundary Commission Report – Democratic deficit widened by Gormless Guidelines.

The local authority boundary commission has released its findings for Fingal County Council’s administrative area.

The decision of the boundary commission comes as no surprise to Councillors in Fingal, given the overly prescriptive, short sighted guidelines issue by the Minister for the Environment. Allowing the fastest growing local authority in Europe, which grew by over 45,000 people from 2002 to 2006 to stay the same size in term of the number of councillors is not only gormless but a horrendous reflection on the more established communities of South Fingal such as Howth, Portmarnock & Malahide.

The commission strips the Malahide & Howth electoral wards of two councillors and reallocates them to Balbriggan & Mulduddart. While I have no difficulty with the latter towns being given additional representation, I cannot understand how the minister would allow established towns which have grown moderately to be striped of a voice in Fingal County Council.

The growth figure of Fingal is comparative to the total size of some councils around Ireland, such as Waterford City & Leitrim County Council.

I am calling on the minister for the environment to issue a clear, unequivocal statement regarding this matter so that the public know for certain where they stand in terms of the 2009 local elections.

In brief:

Howth and Malahide merged to form new 5 seater

Swords stays as 5 seats, but loses some territory to Balbriggan (Lusk).

Balbriggan gains a seat, from 4 to 5.

Mulhuddart gains a seat. From 4 to 5.

Castleknock stays with 4 seats, with some boundary change.

Further info at http://www.electoralareacommittees.ie/