A PORTARLINGTON Offaly County Coucillor believes Offaly will be hit hard by the splitting of his county from Laois in the next General Election.
Cllr Eddie Fitzpatrick, who is now a FF councillor, ran as an independent in the 2011 General Election. While a member of Offaly local authority his base is Port because of its border status.
“The town of Portarlington will suffer hugely as a result of the electoral boundary division changes which were announced recently by Boundary Commission,” said Cllr Fitzpatrick.
He claims great work has been carried out in recent years to unite the town as one community and to ensure the border been the river barrow would not exists as a barrier between Offaly and Laois.
The councillor says the recent Joint local area plan for Portarlington which was carried out to ensure all services and infrastructure for the town be agreed as a united community will now fall short of been successful because our nearest TD for Offaly is in Tullamore and the nearest Laois TD is based in Portlaoise
“The new three seat division of Laois and Offaly will not favour having a TD elected for the town of Portarlington in the near future because of this divide in the population of a town which has seen a huge increase and growth in the population as we witnessed in the last census,” he said.
Cllr Fitzpatrick pledged to continue to work for Port as a town without a divide. He hoped other public representives will continue to do likewise.