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Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Bill 2017: All Stages (12 Dec 2017)

Catherine Murphy: I am sharing time with Deputies Brassil and O'Loughlin. I will take about ten minutes. I thank the boundary commission for completing a very difficult task. I think we will find that after each revision of the boundaries, there will be a very similar kind of debate here with some people happy and others unhappy. Essentially, there can be serious confusion for constituents, particularly on...

Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Bill 2017: All Stages (12 Dec 2017)

Mattie McGrath: A small man.

Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Bill 2017: All Stages (12 Dec 2017)

Michael Healy-Rae: People were arrogant and thought they could put everybody under their boot. They got rid of some of their own representatives, people who had given their lives to their party. They were badly thanked for the lifetime they gave to their party. The Minister of State knows who I am talking about. The people concerned were treated very badly. Like my brother, I am glad that nobody is sticking...

Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Bill 2017: All Stages (12 Dec 2017)

Mattie McGrath: They are putting it into Cork.

Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Bill 2017: All Stages (12 Dec 2017)

Michael Healy-Rae: They may keep their noses out of it and leave us alone. This is similar to the abolition of the dual mandate. I can tell a funny story about that. Some politicians thought it was a good idea to abolish the dual mandate. They did so to hurt independent representatives. A Leas-Cheann Comhairle, you are a busy politician and you have been in politics for a long time. You know what I am...

Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Bill 2017: All Stages (12 Dec 2017)

Barry Cowen: The Deputy will not name him.

Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Bill 2017: All Stages (12 Dec 2017)

Michael Collins: I am glad to be able to speak because I nearly lost most of my constituency in the last ten minutes. I am delighted to speak on this important legislation. Constituencies in Ireland have undergone significant changes over the past five years with mergers, divisions and reductions in the number of Deputies. My constituency of Cork South-West has been amended in a number of ways. Before I...

Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Bill 2017: All Stages (12 Dec 2017)

Pat Gallagher: Deputy, that is a little borderline. It appears to be a criticism of those who drew the lines.

Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Bill 2017: All Stages (12 Dec 2017)

Michael Collins: One must question what they did up to a point. I lost part of Dunmanway from Cork South-West.

Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Bill 2017: All Stages (12 Dec 2017)

Pat Gallagher: Far be it from me to advise you. I am just guiding you.

Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Bill 2017: All Stages (12 Dec 2017)

Michael Collins: Okay. Local public representatives do not know where to go. In addition, recently I and my colleagues in the Rural Independent Group raised in the Dáil the issue of the Mackinnon report and the local government changes proposed for Cork City Council and Cork County Council. Again, these are senseless changes that are nothing less than power grabs by the city council. There is no...

Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Bill 2017: All Stages (12 Dec 2017)

Pat Gallagher: I call the leader of your group.

Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Bill 2017: All Stages (12 Dec 2017)

Mattie McGrath: I think I will be resigning because I do not know who will keep the peace in the group with all the land grabs that are taking place in Kerry, Cork and elsewhere. Níl a fhios agam cá bhfuil all but I am looking forward to tomorrow, amárach. I am happy to speak on this issue. Is pribhléid mór dom é, a huge privilege, to be elected to serve the people of all of...

Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Bill 2017: All Stages (12 Dec 2017)

Danny Healy-Rae: I welcome the opportunity to speak on the Bill. I am glad the constituency of Kerry has remained a five seater with 147,000 people to represent. There are a couple of discrepancies in relation to Rathmore, where part of the parish is on the Cork side, and it would be great if we could get it returned to us as it was taken from us. This comprises six townlands, namely, Rathduane,...

Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Bill 2017: All Stages (12 Dec 2017)

Mattie McGrath: What about your colleague behind you?

Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Bill 2017: All Stages (12 Dec 2017)

Danny Healy-Rae: My colleague behind me, Deputy Michael Collins, is very lucky for the present because Berehaven, Ardgroom, Eyeries, Dursey Island, Allihies and Cahermore on the brink of the Atlantic Ocean were part of the Kerry constituency previously. We would have no bother in representing those people if they came back to us, and a lot of them are anxious to come back to us. The constituency of Kerry...

Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Bill 2017: All Stages (12 Dec 2017)

Fiona O'Loughlin: They have to go through Kildare to get there.

Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Bill 2017: All Stages (12 Dec 2017)

Danny Healy-Rae: -----Killorglin, Caherciveen, Dingle, Tarbert and Ballybunion and all of those lovely places. It is the finest place and it is well able to accommodate everyone that comes. Whether they come from Hong Kong, Texas or wherever, they are all wonderfully looked after by the mighty people of Kerry. If there is an oil strike, or if anything like that happens outside of our control, we have...

Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Bill 2017: All Stages (12 Dec 2017)

Michael Healy-Rae: I am very grateful to be able to speak in this debate. It is very important and it is of great concern to us. I would like to make a point before I start talking about Deputies, which is that while Members of this House might be inclined to think of ourselves, there is a very great group of people I want to talk about when we speak about electoral boundaries, and that is our county...

Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Bill 2017: All Stages (12 Dec 2017)

John Paul Phelan: On Friday.

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