Lucinda Creighton: Smaller parties and Fine Gael the big losers in boundary redraw

Sinn Féin is set to benefit most but even if they double their seats at the next election, they may struggle to form a government

Mary Lou McDonald, leader of Sinn Féin: The party’s dominance of the next Dáil in terms of seat numbers is virtually inevitable. Picture: Fergal Phillips

The last ten days have been seismic for political nerds and party strategists all over the country. Second only to the world cup of political number crunching, the general election, the publication of the boundary commission report on the back of the most recent census, causes palpitations for all who love analysing the changes, the geographic implications and the likely impact on serving TDs and aspiring candidates all over the country.

The commission’s recommendations will ...