Major changes to the electoral area of Tipperary have been proposed in the report of the Constituency Commission, released this morning, Thursday.
The expected proposal, that North Tipp and South Tipp Dail constituencies be combined and the number of TDs reduced from six to five has been confirmed.
The report also makes the shock proposal that a large portion of North Tipp should be combined with county Offally to make a new constituency.
Twenty-four electoral divisions, with a population of 10,953, in the north west of County Tipperary should be transferred to the new Offaly constituency, the report says.
The rest of County Tipperary should form a new five-seat constituency, it goes on.
Last week The Nationalist carried a report predicting some of these proposals.
The report explains that an arrangement of constituencies based only on county boundaries is not feasible, to ensure equal representation to voters. “The population of the county of Tipperary exceeds that of a five seat constituency and is insufficient to form two three seat constituencies.”
The current sitting TDs in South Tipp are Fine Gael’s Tom Hayes and independents Mattie McGrath and Seamus Healy. In North Tipp the sitting TDs are independent Michael Lowry, Noel Coonan of Fine Gael and Labour’s Alan Kelly.
See our paper next Wednesday for analysis and reaction to the Constituency Commission report.