Monday 26 June 2017

Coveney under fire from FG TDs

Simon Coveney TD
Simon Coveney TD
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Housing Minister Simon Coveney has come under fire from his own TDs for "favouring optics over democracy" in a review of constituency boundaries.

Mr Coveney shut down a conversation on the issue at a party meeting last night after a number of TDs were critical of what was described as a "short-sighted" approach.

Backbenchers are concerned that there is likely to be redrawing of constituency boundaries ahead of the next election.

The Constitution states there must be at least one TD per 30,000 people. Recent census figures show there will need to be two extra TDs to meet that figure.

But TDs wanted Mr Coveney to raise the cap higher in order to ensure "maximum flexibility" for the boundary commission of which Mr Coveney has oversight.

Junior minister Sean Kyne and Dublin TDs Alan Farrell and Colm Brophy complained that he had been slow to respond to their concerns.

"A number of TDs felt he had no real interest in progressing the issue," said a source.

Irish Independent

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