Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Questions (183)

Lisa Chambers

Question:

183. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government if he will review local electoral area boundaries in advance of the 2019 local elections; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32868/16]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The most recent review of local electoral areas was carried out from November 2012 to May 2013 by a Local Electoral Area Boundary Committee established under the Local Government Act 1991.

Unlike the position for Dáil and European Parliament constituencies, there is no constitutional or legislative requirement for the revision of local electoral areas. There is a commitment in the Programme for a Partnership Government to consider reducing the size of the local electoral areas. This will be examined in the preparation of a report for Government and the Oireachtas by mid-2017 on potential measures to boost local government leadership and accountability.