Thursday, 24 February 1983
Dáil Eireann Debate
Mr. De Rossa: asked the Minister for the Environment if it is intended to proceed with the local government elections on schedule next year; if it is intended to review the boundaries of electoral areas before then; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Mr. Quinn: I propose to take Questions Nos. 29 to 32 together. Local government elections and European Assembly elections are both due to be held in 1984. The period for holding the European elections will be from 17 to 20 May. Under existing law, local elections must be held during the month of June and I will be proposing a change in the legislation to enable the two elections to  be held on the same day. No decision has been taken to carry out a general review of local electoral area boundaries before the local elections.
In regard to wards, which are the basic units in city areas but are not units of representation, the wards of Waterford County Borough were revised recently consequent on the extension of the county borough boundary. There are no proposals for the revision of wards in other areas.
Mr. Quinn: I do not have that information with me but in the normal course of events such a boundary extension involves a public hearing and representations from the authorities involved. I am not sure that that will be completed by 1984. However, I will get the information for the Deputy.
Mr. Molloy: Arising from the Minister's reply to Deputy Walsh when he said it is not his intention to carry out a revision of the Dáil constituencies, do the Government not intend to revise them following publication of the recent census of population?
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