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Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Act 2017

The Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Act 2017 (No. 39/2017) is a law of Ireland which provides for new Dáil constituencies, which will take effect at the next Irish general election for the 33rd Dáil.[1] The next general election is due by 12 April 2021 at the latest, but may take place before then.

This Act replaced the Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Act 2013, which defined the constituencies used for the 32nd Dáil (elected in 2016). The 2017 report of the Constituency Commission,[2] an independent body established by the Government of Ireland to review constituency boundaries, proposed several changes to Dáil constituencies. The number of constituencies has been reduced by 1 to 39. It also increased the number of seats in the Dáil by 2 from 158 to 160. These changes were provided for by the Act.

Summary of changesEdit

Change in seatsEdit

This table summarises the changes in representation. It does not address revisions to the boundaries of constituencies.

Constituency Seats 2016 Seats 2021[nb 1]
Cavan–Monaghan 4 5
Dublin Central 3 4
Kildare South 3 4

Constituencies abolishedEdit

Constituency Seats Area now in
Laois 3 Laois–Offaly and Tipperary
Offaly 3 Laois–Offaly and Kildare South

New constituenciesEdit

Constituency Seats Area from
Laois–Offaly 5 Laois and Offaly

Constituencies for the 33rd DáilEdit

Constituency Created Seats
Carlow–Kilkenny 1948 5
Cavan–Monaghan 1977 5
Clare 1921 4
Cork East 1981 4
Cork North-Central 1981 4
Cork North-West 1981 3
Cork South-Central 1981 4
Cork South-West 1961 3
Donegal 2016 5
Dublin Bay North 2016 5
Dublin Bay South 2016 4
Dublin Central 1981 4
Dublin Fingal 2016 5
Dublin Mid-West 2002 4
Dublin North-West 1981 3
Dublin Rathdown 2016 3
Dublin South-Central 1948 4
Dublin South-West 1981 5
Dublin West 1981 4
Dún Laoghaire 1977 4
Galway East 1977 3
Galway West 1937 5
Kerry 2016 5
Kildare North 1997 4
Kildare South 1997 4
Laois–Offaly 2021 5
Limerick City 2011 4
Limerick County 2016 3
Longford–Westmeath 2007 4
Louth 1923 5
Mayo 1997 4
Meath East 2007 3
Meath West 2007 3
Roscommon–Galway 2016 3
Sligo–Leitrim 2016 4
Tipperary 2016 5
Waterford 1923 4
Wexford 1921 5
Wicklow 1923 5

See alsoEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ The next general election is due by 12 April 2021 at the latest, but may take place before then.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Act 2017". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Constituency Commission Report 2017" (PDF). Constituency Commission. 27 June 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2018.

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