Catherine Noone, along with Lucinda Creighton TD and Cllr Paddy McCartan, recently organised a public protest in Sandymount Green to fight against the division of Sandymount.
Minister John Gormley is threatening to sign into effect the report of the Local Boundary Electoral Committee, which will set the boundaries for the 2009 local elections. Until now Sandymount formed part of the Pembroke Ward, which along with the Rathmines Ward and the South East Inner City, was one of the 3 local electoral wards in Dublin South East. The report has recommended that the boundaries be redrawn: most of Sandymount will form part of a new 6-seater ward stretching to Harolds Cross and Terenure. Meanwhile the Northern part of the village will be merged into the current Inner City Ward.
Catherine commented: “If elected to Dublin City Council in the South East Inner City I will be more than happy to represent the people of Sandymount, and will do so with hard work and dedication, just as I will represent all areas in the ward. But I do feel that this move to split the village is going to divide and weaken the community.”
“An urban village, with a clear identity and a strong history will be divided. This will weaken the voice of the community and threaten delivery of services to the area, which is why I worked with Cllr. Paddy McCartan to organise the public protest in Sandymount Green in October. I was proud to stand with the people of Sandymount against this division.”