Hands off our County, TDs tell Green Party!

Roscommon Fianna Fail TD Michael Finneran has rejected ‘out of hand’ a proposal from the Green Party that, if acted upon, would see a radical revision of Dail constituencies locally and would mean that County Roscommon would be split for electoral purposes.    Under the Green Party proposal North Roscommon would join up with Leitrim and Sligo  to form a five-seat constituency, with South Roscommon joining East Galway to form another five-seater.   However the proposal has not gone down too well with local TDs. Fianna Fails’s Michael Finneran says that the proposals are ‘not on’.    He told The People yesterday (Wednesday): ‘These proposals are not on. As far as I can make out this proposal comes from the Green Party locally – from Garreth McDaid (their candidate in Roscommon/South Leitrim) – and The Greens have no mandate locally so I wouldn’t take that proposal  too seriously.’    He added: ‘If there is to be any change then (taking back) that part of Roscommon that extends into the towns of  Ballinasloe and Athlone would be a far more appropriate way to solve the population question.’    Fine Gael TD Frank Feighan also rejects the  proposals, stating that if Leitrim were to be unified than a new constituency of Leitrim, Sligo and South Donegal could be a new five-seat constituency.   It’s expected that a new boundary commission will be set up to look into the electoral map of the country in the next few months and (to) review matters in time for the next general election.