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Could these be the political winners and losers of our population rising to over 5 million?

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Lisa Chambers

Lisa Chambers

Darragh O'Brien

Darragh O'Brien

Pearse Doherty

Pearse Doherty

Michael Lowry

Michael Lowry

Regina Doherty

Regina Doherty

Micheál Martin

Micheál Martin

Stephen Donnelly

Stephen Donnelly

Michael and Danny Healy-Rae

Michael and Danny Healy-Rae

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Lisa Chambers

The biggest shake-up in the number of TDs in half a century will cause ripple effects right across the country – and there’ll be winners and losers.

The population of the country has broken the five million mark for the first time since the Famine. As a result, the country has to get extra TDs. The Constitution says there has to be a TD for every 30,000 people. The only way to change that rule is by referendum and there is no appetite to go down that road. 


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