Donegal set to lose one TD

The number of TDs representing Donegal is set to drop by one.

The number of TDs representing Donegal is set to drop by one.

The Irish Times is reporting that the Constituency Commission is set to recommend the merging of the county’s two three-seater constituencies to one five seat.

The commission is due to report next month and is expected to recommend a reduction in the number of TDs in the Dáil by eight to 158.

Boundary changes would see with Dublin, Munster and Connacht-Ulster each losing three seats and Leinster outside Dublin gaining one.

The commission has taken the new 2011 census figures into account as well as the government’s pledge to reduce the number of TDs.

The old Sligo-Leitrim constituency will be restored, ending the electoral partition of Leitrim. Donegal is represented by two Fine Gael TDs, two from Sinn Féin, one from Fianna Fáil and one independent.