The Electoral Commission has recommended no change to the Donegal Dáil constituency in a new boundary report.
Donegal would remain a five-seater constituency, with parts of the county remaining in the four-seater Sligo-Roscommon constituency.
“It was not possible to recommend the removal of the existing breach in its county boundary by the Sligo-Roscommon constituency. To have done so would have resulted in a variance of more than 12% which the Commission considered too high,” the report said.
The Commission has recommended the allocation of two extra seats to Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Galway, and Mayo, to bring the number of TDs up to 26. However, the change are proposed for the boundaries of five of the six constituencies, with the Donegal constituency remaining unchanged.
There would be three 5 seat constituencies – Donegal, Galway West and Mayo; two 4 seat constituencies – Galway East and Sligo-Leitrim; and one 3 seat constituency – Roscommon-Galway.
The Electoral Commission report was created in response to Ireland’s rising population.
Overall, it has recommended that the number of TDs for the next Dáil be increased to 174, up from 160.