Fine Gael Dublin Senator and Seanad spokesperson for European Affairs, Catherine Noone, has highlighted the pending deadline for individual submissions for constituency boundaries which will affect the country ahead of the 2014 MEP elections.
“With Croatia’s accession to the EU, the number of MEPs allocated to Ireland has now changed from 12 to 11. This necessitates a redrawing of the boundaries of the constituencies within Ireland to take account of this and, as such, may involve a complete change in how our boundaries work for a European election.
“As the Seanad European Affairs spokesperson, I believe it’s important to highlight this crucial change which is coming a few months ahead of the elections to the European Parliament. People should have an input into how the boundaries affect their area and should think about what kind of a system they want to see in place.
“The 2014 European elections will be very important for Ireland, and the boundary changes are the first step in this process.”