Sinn Fein TD vows to reunite his county
Published 02/03/2011 | 05:00
A COUNTY divided in two for electoral purposes defied the odds when it returned a TD at the weekend.
Newly-elected Micheal Colreavy (SF) from Manorhamilton, has vowed he will make the reunification of Leitrim a priority during his tenure in the Dail.
The Save Leitrim Campaign, a group that has been campaigning for six years to undo the spilt, said it will also continue to fight for the county to be reunified despite the election of a Leitrim based TD.
Six years ago the Constituency Commission, responsible for drawing up electoral boundaries, broke up the old Sligo Leitrim constituency, dividing it into two constituencies of Sligo North Leitrim and Roscommon South Leitrim.
In 2008, a further division occurred when the commission took 3,376 votes from South Leitrim, and put them in North Leitrim in a bid to even up the numbers.
Mr Colreavy, who was elected in Sligo North Leitrim described his victory as poetic justice. "It is poetic justice that a county that was divided for electoral purposes to keep out Sinn Fein now has a Sinn Fein TD. Leitrim will be reunited," he vowed.