Shaking up the Dáil

House rules: What the changes in constituencies mean

There was mixed emotions for parties and TDs as the Electoral Commission announced its proposals on redrawing constituencies

Why the change is being made: Ireland’s population is now 5.1 million and the Constitution requires an average of one TD for every 20,000-30,000 people

There was a clear sense of anticipation and uncertainty among TDs ahead of the Electoral Commission publishing its highly anticipated proposals on redrawing constituency boundaries on Wednesday.

There would be much to pick over to determine who are the the winners and losers, but some – such as TDs in Wicklow – knew they were facing changes which could damage their political careers.

The moving of a boundary by a few kilometres could cut them ...