Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy has confirmed that he is set to move a Bill which seeks to amend the Local Government Act in a bid to tackle the ongoing uncertainties over the Monksland boundary issue.
Deputy Murphy: “This is an issue which is of the utmost importance and one which is firmly on my radar. The Bill will come before the Dáil in the coming weeks and there will be an opportunity for all public representatives and members of the Save Roscommon group to attend the introduction of the Bill in Leinster House if they so wish. I gave a firm commitment prior to election on behalf of the Fianna Fáil party in relation to the Monksland boundary issue and I am honouring that commitment 100%,” said Deputy Murphy.
“Unless a number of stipulations from the boundary report are adhered to then the controversial boundary changes could still go ahead in four years’ time. Let nobody be fooled this matter has been framed in such a way which could very well lead to an annexation of the Monksland area in four years’ time,” said Deputy Murphy.
The Bill is an Act to amend the Local Government Act 1991 to ensure that the county status of a community shall not be altered without the explicit consent of the majority of its electorate. The Bill would not allow a county boundary to be altered unless a binding plebiscite was held in the area affected by such an alteration.