At least two Kildare TDs won’t be able to vote for themselves in the next general election, nor will they be registered to vote in the constituency they represent.
Six electoral areas in Kildare South are moving in to Laois/Offaly. And, four Kildare North electoral areas are transferring in to Kildare South. Kildare South Fianna Fail TD, Sean O’Fearghail, lives in one of the areas moving to Laois Offaly. He says it’s a blow to him in terms of his traditional electoral base. “It is very disappointing, especially when part of a county is severed from its national hinterland. Voters will be dissatisfied, unhappy and it will be more difficult to get them participate in the democratic process. If football clubs in towns and parishes could not play for Kildare anymore and this is the type of reaction we are dealing with. It is going to be difficult to keep political organisations together.”
Labour’s Deputy Jack Wall will also be affected. He lives more than 500 yards from the Laois Border in Castlemitchell-Churchtown, and will not be able to vote for himself in the next general election.