Dublin the big winner in dramatic shake-up of council boundaries
THE biggest shake-up of council boundaries in almost 30 years will see dramatic increases in the numbers of councillors in Dublin and along the east coast.
Reflecting the growth in population in the capital and the commuter belt, Dublin city and county will end up with 53 extra councillors next year, with knock on growth also in Meath, Louth, Wicklow and Wexford after next years local elections.
But there are reductions in the number of councillors in most of the border, midland and western region.
The new shape of the local electoral map is outlined in a report by the Local Electoral Area Boundary Committee, which was published today by Environment Minister Phil Hogan.
You can download a full copy of the report from the Boundary Committee website - or view some of the maps in the links above left.
The report affects almost every part of the country, bar Cork city which was excluded for now.
Along with the abolition of town councils, the number of councillors is being reduced from 1627 to 949.
The abolition of town councils and the mergers of councils in Limerick, Waterford and Tipperary means the number of councils will be cut from 114 to 31.
The redraw of the map is the biggest since 1985.
NEW NUMBERS OF COUNCILLORS IN EACH CITY AND COUNTY
The reform means the creation of Municipal Districts to replace town councils, meaning councils will be responsible for taking decisions in their immediate area, as well as at county level.
The numbers of councillors per local electoral area is also going up dramatically.
A number of 10-seat electoral areas are being created.