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Local Elections Coming Up

06 Feb 14

 

Local Elections - Changes in Co. Wexford

Putting People First- Action Programme for Effective Local Government was published on 16 October 2012 setting out the Irish Government’s policy for reforms across all the main areas of local government. Many changes to the Local Government structures will come into effect as a result of this. Some of the changes that will affect Co. Wexford are as follows:

·        The existing three Town Councils (Enniscorthy, Gorey & New Ross) and Wexford Borough Council will be abolished prior to the Local Elections

·        There will be four Local Electoral Areas based around the towns of Wexford, Gorey, New Ross and Enniscorthy

·        Wexford County Council will have 34 elected members, at present there are 21

The elected members per Local Electoral Area will change as follows:

Local Electoral Area

Present Position

Number of Members to be elected on Friday, May 23rd 2014

Gorey

5 + 9 elected to Gorey Town Council

8

Enniscorthy

5 + 9 Enniscorthy Town Council

8

New Ross

4 + 9 New Ross Town Council

8

Wexford

7 + 12 Wexford Borough Council

10


There are a number of new boundaries to the Local Electoral Areas, with some Electoral Divisions changing. Some of the most notable changes are:

·        New Ross – extended further to the East and to the North. Now includes the EDs of Taghmon (previously Wexford Electoral Area) and Killanne (formerly Enniscorthy district)

·        Enniscorthy – now includes the former Gorey EDs of Moyacomb, Kilrush and Tombrack

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CIreland will elect 11 representatives to the EU Parliament for the period 2014 – 2019

This is one less MEP than we have had previously

There will now be 3 Constituencies in Ireland – up to now there were 4

Wexford will become part of the SOUTH Constituency which will elect 4 MEPs. We were formerly in the EAST Constituency, which has been abolished

The new SOUTH Constituency will cover counties Wexford, Wicklow, Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford, Tipperary, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Clare

Speak Up

A few issues Co Wexford Age Equality Network have identified as important for older people, coming up to the Local Elections

Local Authorities have responsibility for many local services. Older people in Co. Wexford have suggested a few questions for those seeking election to Wexford County Council, however there are many more….

“Explain to me how Water Charges are to be rolled out, particularly where meters are not installed”

“I want to grow old at home. What supports can Local Government provide to help me?”

“I would like to see Wexford as an Age Friendly County. What do you know about the Age Friendly Counties?”

 

The Programme for Government states that Local Authorities are to set up Older People’s Councils. Could you tell me how and when this will proceed?

The Local & EU elections will impact on you, your family, your community and your area

 

Use your vote to “Get Vocal” on the issues that really matter to you


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Co Wexford Age Equality Network
c/o Wexford Local Development
Mill Park Road
Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford