Fine Gael Dublin Senator Catherine Noone today reacted to the release of the boundaries for 2014’s European elections by saying they were “good for Dublin” and “reflected the fairest way of dividing 11 seats across the country”.
Speaking following the announcement that Dublin would remain as a 3-seat constituency while the rest of the country would be divided into two 4-seat constituencies, Senator Noone said: “Dublin is unique in both its outlook and concerns and, right now, MEPs are the only coherent voice who represent the entirety of Dublin.
Many counties have TDs which look after the entire county, or one single council, whereas Dublin is made up of many fragmented voices which often look after their own bits of Dublin rather than potentially having one holistic outlook for Dublin. As such, I have always maintained that it’s vitally important for Dublin to stay on its own for the purposes of electing MEPs.”
Senator Noone added: “Ireland losing an MEP and going from 12 MEPs to 11 MEPs is as a consequence of Croatia joining the European Union and, as the number gets a little bit smaller, it becomes increasingly important that we vote for assertive, competent voices at the table who can represent Ireland’s causes and get things done for us in Europe. This is more important now than ever”.