Boundary Committee report: Tallaght South set to lose a seat

By Mary Dennehy

Tallaght South is set to lose a seat, dropping from a six seat ward to a five-seater, following recommendations by the Local Electoral Area Boundary Committee.

It has been recommended that Tallaght South become a five seat ward, with a revised population of 35,562.

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Tallaght Central will remain a six-seater

No new areas have been added to Tallaght South however, it will say goodbye to Aylesbury – which the committee has recommended moves into Tallaght Central.

The areas recommended for Tallaght South include, Ballinascorney, Fettercairn, Jobstown, Killinarden, part of the Kiltipper area and Citywest.

Speaking with The Echo, Labour Party councillor Martina Genockey (Tallaght South) said: “It’s a pity that the area is going to lose a seat, I think Tallaght was well balanced with two six-seater wards.

“I also think that the wards should be a mix of council and private estates, it’s good to have a mix.

“In saying that, there’s not a huge change to the Tallaght South ward, so we will see how things go.”

Tallaght Central, which has a revised population of 43,118, now takes in Avonbeg, Belgard, Glenview, Kilnamanagh, Kingswood, Old Bawn, Aylesbury, Springfield, Tymon and part of the Kiltipper area.

Tallaght Central is to remain a six-seater

According to Fianna Fail councillor Charlie O’Connor (Tallaght Central): “My immediate reaction when I saw the report was that Tallaght Central had stayed intact, I was afraid that Tallaght was going to be chopped up again.

“However, while it’s not my area, I don’t believe any real effort was made in terms of Tallaght South.

“All of the local authority estates have been left together… and I’d be concerned about Tallaght South losing a seat in an area that needs supports.

“Fettercairn is part of the parish of St Mark’s and I think that the area should be with Springfield and Belgard [which are in Tallaght Central], once again we have a parish boundary breached.”

It’s early days for many councillors considering the report was only published last week, with some waiting to see the specific details of where the new electoral boundary lines will fall.

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