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Dromiskin residents could now vote in Dundalk rather than Ardee election area

Dromiskin residents could now vote in Dundalk rather than Ardee election area

Dromiskin should form part of the Dundalk South Louth Election Area, according to the Local Electoral Area Boundary Committee’s report which was released last night.

Up until now people living in Dromiskin had voted in the Ardee Local Election Area. This could have particularly big implications for local councillors such as Liam Reilly, who is Dromiskin-based, especially as its twin parish of Darver will remain in the Ardee LEA. Other minor changes could also impact other candidates’ plans for next year’s Local Elections.

A number of areas of Dundalk, which up until now had been part of the Dundalk-Carlingford LEA will also now form part of the Dundalk South LEA.

Amongst the other key changers are that Drogheda is no longer a 10 seater, with the area now split between a six seat Urban LEA and four seat Rural LEA.

Aside from Dromiskin, other major changes are that Clogher ED is moved from Ardee to Drogheda Rural and Mullary has been moved from Drogheda to Ardee.

The recommendation of the report is for Louth to continue to have 29 councillors with seven coming from Dundalk South LEA, six from Dundalk-Carlingford LEA, six from Ardee LEA, six from Drogheda Urban LEA and four from Drogheda Rural LEA. These numbers are unchanged from the current position.

With a population of 128,884 and 29 members, the individual average population per member in Louth is 4,444.

The Committee recommends that the Municipal Districts in Louth are constituted as follows:

  • Drogheda Municipal Borough District – comprising Drogheda Urban and Drogheda Rural local electoral area;
  • Dundalk Municipal Borough District – comprising Dundalk South and Dundalk Carlingford local electoral areas;
  • Ardee Municipal District – comprising Ardee local electoral area;

The following is a detailed description setting out the electoral divisions that comprise each recommended local electoral area.

Ardee

Ardee Rural, Ardee Urban, Castlebellingham, Clonkeen, Collon, Darver, Dromin, Drumcar, Dunleer, Dysart, Killanny, Louth, Mansfieldstown, Mullary, Stabannan and Tallanstown.

Drogheda Rural

Clogher, Monasterboice, St Peter’s, Termonfeckin

Drogheda Urban

Fair Gate, St Lawrence Gate, St. Mary’s (part 6859), West Gate

Dundalk-Carlingford

All of the existing local electoral area of Dundalk – Carlingford as follows:

The parts of the Castletown and Dundalk Rural electoral divisions north of the R178 (Carrickmacross Road), the parts of Dundalk No. 1 Urban, Dundalk No. 3 Urban and Dundalk No. 4 Urban electoral divisions not contained in the local electoral area of Dundalk-South; Ballymascanlan, Carlingford, Drummullagh, Dundalk No. 2 Urban, Faughart, Greenore, Jenkinstown, Rathcor and Ravensdale.

Dundalk–South

All of the existing local electoral area of Dundalk-South as follows:

Dromiskin and the parts of the Castletown and Dundalk Rural electoral divisions south of the R178 (Carrickmacross Road), the parts of Dundalk No. 1 Urban, Dundalk No. 3 Urban and Dundalk No. 4 Urban electoral divisions south of a line drawn as follows: Commencing at the boundary between the electoral divisions of Dundalk No. 1 Urban and Dundalk No. 3 Urban at the Carrickmacross Road Bridge and St. Dominick’s Place and proceeding to the junction of St. Dominick’s Place with the roundabout at the Crescent; then proceeding in a clockwise direction around and excluding the said roundabout to its junction with Anne Street; then proceeding in a north-easterly direction along Anne Street to its junction with Park Street; then proceeding in a north easterly direction along Park Street to its junction with Francis Street; then proceeding in a north-easterly direction along Francis Street and Roden Place to the junction of Roden Place with Jocelyn Street; then proceeding in an easterly direction along Jocelyn Street, Seatown Place and along the road connecting Seatown Place to Barrack Street to reach the junction of said road with the Dundalk Inner Relief Road; then proceeding in a north-westerly projection along the Dundalk Inner Relief Road to its junction with the road at St. Helena; then proceeding along the north-easterly projection of the said road at St. Helena to Dundalk Harbour; and the electoral divisions of Barronstown, Castlering, Creggan Upper and Haggardstown.

These recommendations will now be considered by the Minister for Housing for possible implementation ahead of next year’s Local Elections.

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