BUTLER NUMBER 1 FOR KILSALLAGHAN, ROLESTOWN & ST. MARGARET’S
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FINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTIONS – MAY 2014 “In my 6+ years as a Councillor, not one single person has ever said to me that we need more Councillors. Residents want extra services and extra resources, not extra Councillors”. The next Council (Local Government) elections are due to be held in May 2014 and I will be seeking your support for re-election. Due to the recent changes announced by the Government, whilst the number of Councillors around the country is going to decrease by around 1,600 (40%) nationwide, Fingal County Council is going to increase from having 24 County Councillors to 40 – yes 40! The Balbriggan election ward will increase from 5 to 8; Howth-Malahide ward from 5 to 8; Mulhuddart ward from 5 to 8; and the Castleknock ward from 4 to 7.
will be totally un-workable with 40 Councillors. Fingal does not need 40 Councillors. We cope very well at present with 24 and my opinion is that the additional Councillor positions are being created to save the government Councillors from losing their seats next May. In my 6+ years as a Councillor, not one single person has ever said to me that we need more Councillors. Residents want extra services and extra resources, not extra Councillors.
As you may be aware, with regard to Dáil Éireann and General Elections, the boundary commission last year proposed the new constituency of Dublin Fingal (replacing Dublin North), with your areas moving back to this new re-named larger constituency, which will go from having 4 seats to 5. When the next General Election is called the new constituency of Dublin Fingal will be created. Dublin Fingal will be all of the current Dublin North Constituency in addition to including: Kilsallaghan, Meakstown Cottages, Newtown Cottages, Rivermeade, Roganstown, Rolestown, St. Margaret’s and The Ward (airport side of the R135). Those areas which left Dublin North in 2009 are returning to Dublin Fingal in time to vote at the next General Election. The Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Act 2013 defines the constituency of Dublin Fingal as follows, incorporating all of Dublin North, SwordsForrest and Kilsallaghan from Dublin West, and Balgriffin and Turnapin from Dublin North–East. Dublin Fingal: - Balbriggan Rural, Balbriggan Urban, Ballyboghil, Balgriffin, Balscadden, Clonmethan, Donabate (and Portrane), Garristown, Hollywood, Holmpatrick, Kilsallaghan, Kinsaley, Lusk, Malahide East, Malahide West, Portmarnock North, Portmarnock South, Rush, Skerries, Swords-Forrest, SwordsGlasmore, Swords-Lissenhall, SwordsSeatown, Swords Village; and those parts of the electoral divisions of Airport, Dubber and Turnapin situated north of a line drawn along the Northern Cross Route (M50), passing in a clockwise direction around and excluding roundabout No. 3 at the junction of the Northern Cross Route (M50) with the M1 motorway.
Our electoral area, the Swords electoral ward which includes Donabate, Portrane, Kilsallaghan, Rolestown, St. Margaret’s and The Ward (airport side of the R135), Meakstown (Lanesborough, etc.) and part of Santry; will increase from having 5 Councillors to 9 Councillors from next May onwards. I have come out strongly against this and I made a number of submissions to the Boundary Commission in this regard. It is my opinion that County Council meetings
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From the Commissions report (that has since been agreed): Dublin Fingal: The Commission recommends the transfer of five electoral divisions and parts of three others, with a total population of 26,840, into the Dublin North constituency which should become a 5-seat constituency and be renamed Dublin Fingal. The transfer into the Dublin Fingal constituency of population of 17,291 in the electoral divisions of Swords-Forrest and Kilsallaghan and in parts of two other electoral divisions, all currently in the Dublin West constituency, allows for Swords and its environs to be in one constituency. The transfer of three electoral divisions and part of another, with a total population of 9,549, from Dublin North-East into Dublin Fingal reverses a transfer effected in the 2009 revision. With these transfers the population of Dublin Fingal, at 141,162 is equivalent to 5 seats in a 158 member Dáil. Dublin West: The Dublin West constituency, minus the population of 17,291 transferred to Dublin Fingal, has a population of 99,923 and is not sustainable as a 4-seat constituency. The Commission recommends the transfer of two electoral divisions and part of another, with a total population of 13,256, from Dublin Central into Dublin West to provide for Dublin West to remain as a 4-seat constituency. This arrangement of constituencies provides for the substantial part of the Fingal County Council area to be contained in two Dáil constituencies.
COUNCIL & EUROPEAN ELECTIONS – MAY 2014 ALL RESIDENTS CAN VOTE IN THE FINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTIONS
Who can vote? – all residents, no matter where you are from, as long as you are resident in Ireland and are on the election register, are eligible to vote in the 2014 Local Council Elections. Irish Citizens are eligible to vote in all elections and referendums. British Citizens are eligible to vote in Dáil, European and Local Elections but not in a Presidential election or Referendums. EU citizens are eligible to vote in European and Local LOCAL GENERAL (DÁIL) EUROPEAN PRESIDENTIAL & Elections. Non-EU citizens are eligible to vote WHO CAN VOTE? (COUNCIL) ELECTIONS ELECTIONS REFERENDUM in Local Elections only. With regards to voters ELECTIONS turning 18, the onus is on the person to ensure IRISH CITIZENS YES YES YES YES that they are included on the Register as there is no automatic notification from any government BRITISH CITIZENS YES YES YES NO department or body. You can check the election EU CITIZENS YES NO YES NO register at www.fingalcoco.ie/ereg or check NON-EU CITIZEN the draft register at your Council Offices, Garda YES NO NO NO (ALL RESIDENTS) Station, Public Library or Post Office.
ABOUT COUNCILLOR DARRAGH BUTLER - TOP PERFORMER Darragh has served on Fingal County Council since June 2007 when he replaced Michael KENNEDY and is widely recognised as one of the hardest working local Councillors. He will be seeking re-election in May 2014 when he will need your support. Darragh’s priorities include getting Metro North back on track, improved public transport, improved schools, educational and health facilities, policing and public safety, supporting policies that encourage business and job creation and supporting community groups and improved community and sporting facilities. All residents, no matter of what Nationality and where you are from, can vote in Local (Council) elections, with the next Council election due in May 2014. Please check the Election Register at: www. fingalcoco.ie/ereg and contact me if I can be of any assistance. North County Leader (April 2013) ... “The top performer for 2012 in the Swords Electoral Area was Darragh Butler (FF), who tabled 26 motions and 126 questions, making a total of 152 submissions.” Fingal Independent (October 2013) ... “is widely recognised as a hard-working Councillor who has played leading roles in campaigns to get Metro North back on track and develop Swords Castle.”
COUNCIL ELECTIONS MAY 2014
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Councillor Darragh BUTLER (Fingal County Council) newsletter for Kilsallaghan, Rolestown, St. Margaret's, The Ward and Rivermeade (March 201...