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Overview of the Committees

Mr. John Paul Phelan T.D., Minister of State for Local Government and Electoral Reform has established two committees to review and make recommendations on local electoral areas and to report to him not later than 13 June 2018.

The task of both Committees is to review and make recommendations on the division of council areas into local electoral areas.

The review is being undertaken in prospect of the local elections to be held in 2019, having regard to the results of Census 2016 and the commitment to consider reducing the size of territorially large local electoral areas in A Programme for Partnership Government, published in May 2016. The Committees' reports will be considered by Minister Phelan as the basis for the revision of the local electoral areas under his statutory powers.

Committee No.1:

Committee No. 1 will report and make recommendations on every County, other than Cork, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, Galway and South Dublin. It will also report and make recommendations on Limerick City and County and Waterford City and County.

Committee No.2:

Committee No. 2 will report and make recommendations on Dublin City and the Counties of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin. This Committee may also be asked to make recommendations on the division of Cork and Galway into local electoral areas. The Terms of Reference for that purpose will be set out in due course.