Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (419, 420)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

432 Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will report on the timing and consultation period for the revision of the local authority wards; if his attention has been drawn to continuing local sentiment that the Howth/Sutton/Baldoyle district of the Fingal Howth/Malahide Road Ward should be restored to the administrative area of Dublin City Council where the district was located up to the new Dublin Bay North Dáil constituency which includes the district in question; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35843/12]

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Terence Flanagan

Question:

484 Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the timelines around the review of the local election boundaries and if he anticipates much change on the northside of Dublin. [35145/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 432 and 484 together.

I am giving consideration to arrangements for the review of local electoral areas having regard to the recommendations on Dáil constituencies in the Constituency Commission Report 2012 and to the final results of Census 2011. I will also have regard to any decisions by the Oireachtas on the Constituency Commission Report and to Government decisions on local government reform including the establishment of unified local authorities in Limerick and Tipperary.

I am not in a position to define timelines for the review but it will be completed in good time before the 2014 local elections.