Mayo Fine Gael TD and former government minister Michael Ring has called for the south Mayo area to be brought back into the Mayo electoral constituency for future general elections.
“There is going to be a review of the constituencies in Ireland once the latest Census results are known,” said the Westport-based TD. “I want to see South Mayo returned back to the Mayo Electoral Area.
“It was very wrong that the people of South Mayo were put in to the West Galway constituency. The people of South Mayo have no connection with this area. They feel disenfranchised from the political sphere. They want to be in the Mayo electoral area.
Deputy Ring said there was also a strong case to be made for a fifth Dáil seat for Mayo.
“When I first entered the Dáil, Mayo was a six-seater; it was two three-seaters. It was subsequently reduced to a five-seater and it is now a four-seater. The Census figures will justify Mayo’s need for a fifth seat, but even if the fifth seat is not approved, South Mayo should be brought back into Mayo.
“It is wrong that areas are joined up with other areas without taking into account the situation on the ground. People have an entitlement to be represented properly. They need to know their public representatives and have access to them.”
Deputy Ring made national headlines last week when it emerged that he had carried out an electoral analysis that showed four out of five Fine Gael TDs facing a fight for political survival in the next general election if current voting trends continue. The long-serving TD has declined to comment publicly on the shock study.