Murphy set to move Bill on Monksland boundary issue

Aoife Kearney, Athlone Towncentre; fashion blogger Pam Kuss; and model and presenter Holly Carpenter pictured at the recent Spring Style Sensation fashion showcase in Athlone Towncentre. Photo: Molloyphotography

Aoife Kearney, Athlone Towncentre; fashion blogger Pam Kuss; and model and presenter Holly Carpenter pictured at the recent Spring Style Sensation fashion showcase in Athlone Towncentre. Photo: Molloyphotography

Fianna Fáil Deputy for Roscommon-Galway, Eugene Murphy, is set to introduce a Bill seeking to amend the Local Government Act (1991 ), in a bid to tackle the ongoing uncertainties over the Monksland boundary issue.

The Bill is designed to ensure that the county status of a community shall not be altered without the explicit consent of the majority of its electorate.

“This is an issue which is of the utmost importance and one which is firmly on my radar," Deputy Murphy said. "The Bill will come before the Dáil in the coming weeks and there will be an opportunity for all public representatives and members of the Save Roscommon group to attend the introduction of the Bill in Leinster House, if they so wish.

"I gave a firm commitment prior to election on behalf of the Fianna Fáil party in relation to the Monksland boundary issue, and I am honouring that commitment 100 per cent.

“Unless a number of stipulations from the boundary report are adhered to then the controversial boundary changes could still go ahead in four years time. Let nobody be fooled, this matter has been framed in such a way which could very well lead to an annexation of the Monksland area in the future."

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