The Constituency Commission Report came out on Thursday and it has some major changes for Dublin West. For a start, there was a big victory for ‘people-power’ as Swords village has been ‘re-united’ as part of the newly named Dublin Fingal constituency. I’m pleased about this as while canvassing in Swords during the By-Election last October, the fact that one quarter of the village was split away from the rest was a source of major discontent to residents living there. It’s great that the Commission has accepted the hundreds of representations from myself and others on this point.
While we are losing 17,000 residents in Swords and the surrounding rural areas of Kilsallaghan and St Margarets, we are gaining 13,000 new residents with the addition of the electoral districts of Ashtown A, Ashtown B and Phoenix Park. This means that a significant section of the Navan Road (as far as Cabra Garda Station) and Ashtown are now part of Dublin West. President Higgins will now cast his vote in Dublin West!
This is a really diverse area, containing some very well settled areas, but also recent communities such as those along the Royal Canal in Scribblestown. While these new residents live in the Dublin City Council area rather than Fingal County Council, we share many of the same services, such as the 37, 38 and 39 bus routes, along with the Maynooth train-line. I’m looking forward to representing the needs of people in this area over the next few years.