The prospect of redrawing the Roscommon county boundary to exclude Monksland, Bealnamulla and Drum has been opposed by Longford Westmeath Fine Gael TD, Gabrielle McFadden.
Deputy McFadden said the process being by which boundary changes occurred is not democratic. “Ultimately, we are only in politics to implement the will of the people. If a majority of people affected do not want this change, it should not be imposed.”
Deputy McFadden said she supported calls to have a plebiscite amongst the affected people and ask them if they wish to be transferred into County Westmeath.
“Speaking as a proud Westmeath woman”, she said, I don’t understand why everyone does not want to be in Westmeath! But I also understand county loyalty. Pride in your county is something that is in your heart and certainly, if someone was to tell me that I was to be from a different county, I would not take it lying down!”