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Sunday 21 January 2018

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• TANAISTE Eamon Gilmore (Dun Laoghaire): can relax after reports that his constituency was going to go from a four-seater to a three-seater proved unfounded.

• Fianna Fail Senator Darragh O'Brien (Dublin North): boosts his chances of getting back into the Dail, as his former constituency has gone from a four-seater to a five-seater and there is the return of the voters from Swords, who felt marooned in Dublin West.

• Fianna Fail TD Eamon O Cuiv (Galway West): described yesterday as being as happy as a "child at Christmas", his constituency has remained largely untouched and he can hope to gather votes from newly added South Mayo voters in Cong.

• Independent TD Noel Grealish (Galway West): a big relief after his Claregalway and Turloughmore base avoided being thrown into Galway East.

• Labour TD Arthur Spring (Kerry North): the Spring tide could have receded in his three-seater constituency but he has a much better chance of holding a Labour seat in the new five-seater Kerry constituency.

• Independent TD Michael Lowry (Tipperary North): he retains all the votes around his Thurles base and won't have too much to worry about the constituency becoming a five-seater because he has a high profile among Tipp South voters.

• Fine Gael TD Patrick O'Donovan, Fine Gael TD Dan Neville and Fianna Fail TD Niall Collins (Limerick County): around 13,000 voters in their West Limerick heartland are coming back to them from the Kerry North constituency.

• Fine Gael Junior Minister Brian Hayes (pictured below) and Sinn Fein TD Sean Crowe (Dublin South West) -- Their constituency has gone from four seats to five, giving both Fine Gael -- with the addition of the middle class area of Raheny -- and Sinn Fein a better chance of increasing their number of seats to two.

Irish Independent

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