The Local Electoral Area Boundary Commission Report has been released.

The committe is recommending a division of County Mayo into 6 local electoral areas.

Currently there are local electoral areas in Ballina, Castlebar, Claremorris and West Mayo. The committee is recommending a division into six areas, to be formed around the towns of Ballina, Belmullet, Castlebar, Claremorris, Swinford and Westport.

They have recommended Ballina have six members, Belmullet three members, Castlebar seven members, Claremorris six members, Swinford and Westport four each.

That will bring the countywide total to 30 – the figure at which it currently stands.

The committee has recommended that Municipal Districts in Mayo are constituted as follows: Ballina Municipal District, Claremorris-Swinford Municipal District, Castlebar Municipal District and Westport-Belmullet Municipal District.

 

In Sligo the number of councillors will also remain the same at 18. However Sligo, which currently has ten councillors, will be split into the new areas of Sligo-Drumcliff and Sligo-Strandhill and they will have five and six councillors respectively.

Ballymote-Tubbercurry will remain unchanged as an area but will lose one seat – going from eight to seven.

 

In Roscommon the committee is recommending no change to the current configuration of the three local electoral areas – formed around the towns of Athlone, Boyle and Roscommon.

In Galway, the boundary committee is recommending dividing the county into 7 local electoral areas.

At present, Galway County Council has 39 members elected from five local electoral areas.

Connemara and Tuam both elect 9 councillors, with 8 in Loughrea, 7 in Athenry-Oranmore and 6 in the Ballinasloe electoral area.

The Local Electoral Area Boundary Committee is recommending dividing Galway into 7 local electoral areas, still with a total of 39 councillors.

Under this plan, Connemara would be dividing into two electoral areas - Connemara North and Connemara South, with 4 and 5 elected members respectively.

Athenry-Oranmore would retain 7 councillors and Ballinasloe 6.

Loughrea would be reduced from 8 to 5 elected members, Tuam would be reduced from 9 to 7 councillors, and a new electoral area would be created in Gort / Kinvara with 5 councillors.

The boundary commitee is also recommending 5 Municipal Districts in Co Galway - the Ballinasloe, Connemara, Loughrea, Athenry and Tuam Municipal Districts.

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