We hope that the following questions and answers will assist you with any queries you may have.
The Constituency Commission is a statutory body set up to report on constituencies for the election of members of Dáil Éireann (TDs) and the election of Irish members (MEPs) of the European Parliament.
The Commission reviews the existing constituencies and makes recommendations, for no change or for alteration of boundaries, having regard to the results of the latest Census of Population.
The Commission was established by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government in July 2016 following the publication by the Central Statistics Office of the preliminary results of Census 2016.
The members of the Commission are Judge Robert Haughton, Chairperson; the Ombudsman, Mr. Peter Tyndall; the Secretary General at the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Mr. John McCarthy; the Clerk of the Dáil, Mr. Peter Finnegan and the Clerk of the Seanad, Ms. Deirdre Lane.
The Commission must make its report to the Chairman of Dáil Éireann no later than three months after the publication of the final results of Census 2016. These results are expected in March 2017.
Yes. A first task for the Commission is to give public notice and to invite submissions, from interested persons, relating to its task of preparing a report with recommendations on Dáil and European Parliament constituencies. The public notice can be viewed here.
The closing date for submissions is Tuesday 10 January 2017.
The Commission has prepared a Statement which can be viewed here. The statement sets out those parts of the Constitution and of the Electoral Act 1997 that govern the work of the Commission – these are the terms of reference of the Commission. The statement also provides other relevant information including about court judgements on constituencies and including population data for the existing constituencies. Reports of previous Commissions can be viewed here.
The Dáil constituencies in place now are specified in the Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Act 2013. The European Parliament constituencies are specified in the European Parliament Elections (Amendment) Act 2014.
A map of the country showing all of the Dáil constituencies can be found here.
Maps of the individual Dáil constituencies can be found here, on the website of the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government.