Petition to restore Kildare's lost electoral areas as residents moved to Laois claim 'injustice'

Kildare South

Paula Campbell paula.campbell@leinsterleader.ie

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Paula Campbell paula.campbell@leinsterleader.ie

Petition to restore Kildare's lost electoral areas as residents moved to Laois claim 'injustice'

The electoral areas in Kildare South which were transferred to Laois can be seen in bright yellow

By Paula Campbell paula @leinsterleader.ie @paulacampbellLL

The Athy, Castlemitchell and Monasterevin branches of the Kildare South Labour Party have formed a petition seeking the restoration of the Kildare South electoral areas allocated to Laois for the last general Election back to Kildare South.

The decision follows a large number of requests from constituents in the voting areas of Kilberry, Monasterevin, Ballybrackan Kildangan, Churchtown and Harristown after up to 7,500 voters were moved into the Laois Constituency.

”There has been a widespread demand from so many people to ‘do something’ about what a lot of people feel was an injustice,” said Cllr Mark Wall.

“I along with a number of my colleagues have been approached to explain why some committee based in Dublin decided that 7,500 Kildare people should now vote in County Laois. The petition is as a direct result of these requests and it is available online.”

Members of the Kildare South Labour Party will also be in the areas involved with a paper petition to allow those wishing to avail of the petition in this way.

“This request has come from those across the political spectrum in the areas involved, those that have signed the petition to date state in the main , they live in Kildare - they want to vote in Kildare,” he added.

Kildare town cllr Suzanne Doyle said she would be behind getting the areas back, especially Monasterevin.

“I support it in principle. To be in an area that is under one county council and another constituency is not very sensible to me,” she said.

“It is terrible to be on the periphery. It also encourages disengagement from politics.

“The people living in these communities would also like to see it back in the constituency .

“We have very little say around it and they have to find the numbers but I support it in principle.”