Electoral watchdog unable to ‘future proof’ constituencies from future population change

Coimisiún Toghcháin says recommending bigger increase in number of TDs would have caused more breaches of county boundaries across country

Coimisiún Toghcháin: Commission defends its recommendations following criticisms it was too conservative in TD increases. Picture: Fergal Phillips

Ireland’s electoral watchdog has defended its decision not to recommend the creation of more seats in the next Dáil, after advising an increase of just 14 TDs in the next election.

An Coimisiún Toghcháin, the Electoral Commission, this morning said it had been unable to “future-proof” against future population rises as part of a major boundary review that has reshaped voting constituencies across the country.

Under the commission’s recommendations, the next Dáil will have one ...