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Thursday 28 August 2014

Independent commission member hits back at Micheal Martin

Niall O'Connor

Published 22/03/2014 | 12:18

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A member of the electoral boundary commission has hit back at claims by Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin that the boundary changes were manipulated to suit Fine Gael and Labour.

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DCU professor Gary Murphy told independent.ie that he is "taken aback" and "disappointed" by the remarks.

Mr Martin has been strongly criticised after claiming that the boundary changes were manipulated in order to boost Fine Gael and Labour's seat numbers in the upcoming elections.

In an extraordinary and unexpected attack, Mr Martin accused Environment Minister Hogan of orchestrating a  "good old-fashioned gerrymander".

He said the boundary changes - which were ordered by Mr Hogan but independently devised - represented an attempt to "try and save as many of their seats as possible".

However, Mr Murphy today strongly rejected the claims and said there was no political interference in the process.

"I am taken aback and disappointed to be honest. The report was published last May and Micheal Martin has waited until March to make these claims," he said.

"There was no political pressure in any way imposed on us. We drew the boundaries as best we could in as fair a manner as possible."

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