Government cannot cut more than 16 Dáil deputies

The government cannot reduce the size of the current Dáil below 150 sitting TDs based on the most up-to-date population figures, writes John Burke.

2nd April, 2011

The government cannot reduce the size of the current Dáil below 150 sitting TDs based on the most up-to-date population figures, writes John Burke.

The figures, which were presented to environment minister Phil Hogan by his officials, indicate that the current 166seat Dáil cannot be reduced by more than 16 TDs if the same population level is recorded in next week’s census.

Fine Gael had pledged to cut 20 Dáil seats...

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