Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (453, 454)

Eoghan Murphy

Question:

462 Deputy Eoghan Murphy asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government in the legislation to be brought forward to implement the recent Constituency Commission report, if any changes are to be made to the Constituency Commission report, either in a substantive way, or at a technical level, for example, proposed names for new constituencies. [34727/12]

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Dara Calleary

Question:

470 Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government in the legislation to be brought forward to implement the recent Constituency Commission report, if he will amend the Constituency Commission Report 2012 to amend the proposed name of the Galway West constituency to Galway West South Mayo; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34886/12]

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

I propose to take Questions Nos. 462 and 470 together.

An independent Constituency Commission was established on 27 July 2011 and it presented the Constituency Commission Report 2012 to the Chairman of the Dáil on 21 June 2012. In accordance with section 9(3) of the Electoral Act 1997 the Constituency Commission stands dissolved on the presentation of its report. I have no responsibility for the content of the report.

Following the publication of the Constituency Commission report the next step in accordance with accepted practice is for the preparation of a Bill in my Department to give statutory effect to the Commission's recommendations. The final determination of the constituencies for Dáil Éireann is a matter for the Oireachtas to prescribe in legislation. I will bring the necessary legislation forward in the coming months.