Speaking in the Dail Chamber this afternoon on the Electoral Amendment Bill 2012, Fine Gael TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Deputy Joe O’Reilly condemned what he called the ‘dismemberment’ of County Cavan.

‘It is wrong to take away a whole electoral division as in West Cavan and remove 12,183 Cavan people from the Cavan Monaghan constituency’ he stated. ‘The County structure is long and well established in Ireland and is the structure people relate to. It is wrong that we solve the injustice done to Leirtrim in its breakup in the past, by now breaking up Cavan’, he continued.

He was anxious to emphasise that he was not suggesting that Leitrim was broken up but he simply could not accept the solution of Leitrim’s problems being arrived at by the break up of County Cavan. Cavan County Council will remain the administrative authority for County Cavan and Deputy O’Reilly was empathetic that it was quite bizarre to have West-Cavan in a long, unwieldily constituency with Western Counties for Dail purposes and yet under Cavan County Council.

‘This will have negative implications for inward investment for West Cavan and for infrastructural investment there. The people of West Cavan don’t know who to make their Representations to and are completely confused, bewildered and annoyed by the new structures and reasonably so’ concluded the Deputy.


Senator Joe O'Reilly representing Cavan & Monaghan 2010. | An ExSite website