Seven county councillors will have no seat to return to when the merger of South and North Tipperary County Councils takes place next summer.
The long awaited new electoral boundaries for next summer’s local elections were announced by the Department of the Environment and Local Government, last week, and seven county council seats will go under the new plan.
There are currently 21 county councillors in North Tipperary and 26 in the South. The new county council will have just 40 seats.
The changes will take effect from June 2014, when the next local elections are scheduled to take place. That election will also see the merger of South and North Tipperary County Councils in to one single County Council, as well as the abolition of town councils.
Other changes will see a new ‘Clonmel’ area which will incorporate what is now the Cahir area, and the Cashel and Tipperary areas will become one area under the new plan.
There will also be the transfer of some townslands. The electoral divisions of Clogher, Gaile, Buolick, Fennor and Kilcooly from the current South Tipperary County Council area will move to the Templemore-Thurles local electoral area.
The area to the east of the county which is currently known as the ‘Fethard’ electoral area will officially become the ‘Carrick on Suir’ area.
The new electoral areas are based on population figures in the 2011 census, with approximately one councillor for every 3,969 people.
On the new county council Carrick on Suir will have six councillors; the Cashel-Tipperary area will have seven councillors; Templemore-Thurles, Nenagh and Clonmel will have nine councillors in each area.
Plans for the merger are being made by a joint council committee which has been in negotiations for months. In a recent discussion at South Tipperary County Council it was suggested that council meetings rotate between Clonmel and Nenagh, but also that the meeting venue would be for the incoming council to decide.
The full report can be read on www.boundarycommittee.ie/reports/2013-Report.pdf
In the south of the county the redrawn electoral areas are -
Anner, Ardsallagh, Ballingarry, Ballyphilip, Ballysheehan, Carrick-on-Suir Rural, Carrick-onSuir Urban, Carrickbeg Urban, Cloneen, Colman, Cooleagh, Crohane, Drangan, Farranrory, Fethard, Garrangibbon, Graystown, Kilcash, Killenaule, Kilmurry, Kiltinan, Kilvemnon, Magorban, Modeshil, Mullinahone, New Birmingham, Newtown, Peppardstown, Poyntstown and Tullamain.
Ardfinnan, Ballybacon, Ballyclerahan, Ballyporeen, Burncourt, Caher, Clogheen, Clonmel East Urban, Clonmel Rural, Clonmel West Urban, Coolagarranroe, Derrygrath, Graigue, Inishlounaght, Kilcommon, Kilcoran, Killadriffe, Killaloan, Kilsheelan, Knockgraffon, Lisronagh, Mortlestown, Newcastle, Tubbrid, Tullaghmelan and Tullaghorton.
Ardmayle, Ballycarron, Ballygriffin, Ballykisteen, Bansha, Bruis, Cappagh, Cashel Rural, Cashel Urban, Clonbeg, Clonoulty East, Clonoulty West, Cullen, Curraheen, Donohill, Drumwood, Emly, Glengar, Golden, Kilfeakle, Killeenasteena, Kilmucklin, Kilpatrick, Lattin, Nodstown, Oughterleague, Rathlynin, Rodus, Shronell, Solloghodbeg, Templeneiry, Thomastown, Tipperary East Urban, Tipperary Rural and Tipperary West Urban.