Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Act 2017

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The Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Act 2017 (No. 39/2017) is a law of Ireland which provides for new Dáil constituencies, which will take effect at the 2020 Irish general election for the 33rd Dáil.[1]

This Act replaced the Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Act 2013, which defined the constituencies used for the 32nd Dáil (elected in 2016). The 2017 report of the Constituency Commission,[2] an independent body established by the Government of Ireland to review constituency boundaries, proposed several changes to Dáil constituencies. The number of constituencies has been reduced by 1 to 39. It also increased the number of seats in the Dáil by 2 from 158 to 160. These changes were provided for by the Act.

Summary of changes[edit]

Change in seats[edit]

This table summarises the changes in representation. It does not address revisions to the boundaries of constituencies.

Constituency Seats 2016 Seats 2020[nb 1]
Cavan–Monaghan 4 5
Dublin Central 3 4
Kildare South 3 4

Constituencies abolished[edit]

Constituency Seats Area now in
Laois 3 Laois–Offaly and Tipperary
Offaly 3 Laois–Offaly and Kildare South

New constituencies[edit]

Constituency Seats Area from
Laois–Offaly 5 Laois and Offaly

Constituencies for the 33rd Dáil[edit]

Constituency Created Seats
Carlow–Kilkenny 1948 5
Cavan–Monaghan 1977 5
Clare 1921 4
Cork East 1981 4
Cork North-Central 1981 4
Cork North-West 1981 3
Cork South-Central 1981 4
Cork South-West 1961 3
Donegal 2016 5
Dublin Bay North 2016 5
Dublin Bay South 2016 4
Dublin Central 1981 4
Dublin Fingal 2016 5
Dublin Mid-West 2002 4
Dublin North-West 1981 3
Dublin Rathdown 2016 3
Dublin South-Central 1948 4
Dublin South-West 1981 5
Dublin West 1981 4
Dún Laoghaire 1977 4
Galway East 1977 3
Galway West 1937 5
Kerry 2016 5
Kildare North 1997 4
Kildare South 1997 4
Laois–Offaly 2020 5
Limerick City 2011 4
Limerick County 2016 3
Longford–Westmeath 2007 4
Louth 1923 5
Mayo 1997 4
Meath East 2007 3
Meath West 2007 3
Roscommon–Galway 2016 3
Sligo–Leitrim 2016 4
Tipperary 2016 5
Waterford 1923 4
Wexford 1921 5
Wicklow 1923 5

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The next general election will take place on the 8 February 2020.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Act 2017". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Constituency Commission Report 2017" (PDF). Constituency Commission. 27 June 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2018.

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