Tuesday, 10 February 2004

Ceisteanna (371)

Trevor Sargent

Ceist:

447 Mr. Sargent asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government his views on correcting the anomaly whereby about 700 voters in County Laois vote in the local elections for Carlow and the councillors they elect cannot act for them in local council matters because they are a matter for Laois County Council. [3933/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

Under the Local Government Act 1994 and associated regulations, the boundaries of a number of towns were, following local agreement, extended for local electoral purposes only to take in immediately adjoining residential areas. Following such agreement between Laois County Council and Carlow County Council, the boundary of County Laois was altered by the Local Government (Boundaries) (Town Elections) Regulations 1994, to exclude a small part of the electoral division of Graigue Rural in County Laois and include it within the boundary of County Carlow for local electoral purposes only.

It is open to any local authority involved in the above arrangements to make a proposal for the revision of these arrangements. No such proposal has been made in the present case.