Graigue reunited with Laois

A decision by Laois County Council almost 20 years ago to concede part of Graiguecullen to Carlow County Council, has been reversed under the new reform of the local electoral area boundary.

A decision by Laois County Council almost 20 years ago to concede part of Graiguecullen to Carlow County Council, has been reversed under the new reform of the local electoral area boundary.

The reforms sees both the county and Dáil constituency boundaries re-aligned for the first time since 1994.

In some cases, such as Fr Byrne Park, the boundary severed houses. But the county boundary which also splits houses remains unchanged.

Sinn Fein TD, Brian Stanley, who had previously raised the issue with the Environment Minister Phil Hogan welcomed the boundary reform.

“We had a ridiculous situation where residents in a number of Graiguecullen estates including Rossmore View, Oakley Estates, Mountclare, Laurel Grove, Killeshin Road, Fr. Byrne Park, Cill an Óir, Crossneen and Church Road voted in Carlow in council elections and in Laois in Dáil elections.

I have raised this issue in the Dáil and with Minister Hogan both formally and informally on a number of occasions in the past.”

Deputy Stanley continued: “The situation was even more ridiculous in that Laois County Council had responsibility for maintaining these estates but the Councillors elected by the residents were members of Carlow Town Council or Carlow County Council. This effectively meant that they had no Local Government representation.”

He added: “The decision of the Boundary Commission, following a request from Minister Hogan, to reverse the 1994 decision is common sense and is very welcome.”

The new boundary reforms will also prevent Fianna Fail Councillor, Padraig Fleming from voting for himself.

“I think I am the only councillor in Laois who will not be able to vote for themselves. I’m disappointed that the Spink area is gone to Portlaoise, when areas just two or three miles outside the town are not in the new Portlaoise area.”

But Cllr Fleming said he was glad that all of Laois finally related to Laois.

“I welcome the decision to bring back that part of Laois. It was a silly decision to concende part of Graigue to Carlow.

“ It makes since and brings clarity for the people.”