Voters baying for change
SOME DEPUTIES were happier than others with the recent boundary changes.
But the outcome of the Constituency Commission’s deliberations also had consequences for the upwardly mobile in certain areas of Dublin South Central.
We hear joy was unconfined in those parts of Terenure and Harold’s Cross which went into the new Dublin Bay South constituency.
A colleague reports the reaction of an in-law living in the leafier parts of Dublin 6W when solid proof of her new designation arrived in the form of a leaflet from Lucinda Creighton, welcoming them to Dublin Bay South.
“I’m delighted,” she cried, brandishing the leaflet. “Look, we have Lucinda now and that lovely young chap with the nice teeth.”
(No disrespect to Labour’s Kevin Humphreys and Ruairí Quinn, but we presume she was referring to Fine Gael’s Eoghan Murphy.)
Sinn Féin’s Aengus Ó Snodaigh’s legendary leaflets clearly didn’t do the trick for her in South Central.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the Taoiseach took a little swipe at Independent TD Shane Ross, who has been redrawn into the southside’s Grupo de la Muerte, after his Dublin South five-seater was pruned down to the three-seater Dublin Rathdown.
Enda said he’d heard Shane was now considering his position in relation to moving next door to Dublin South West.
“He’s the new Charlie O’Connor,” whooped Finian McGrath, in reference to the former Fianna Fáil TD known as “Mr Tallaght”.
“I’d like to reassure the Taoiseach I will not be moving constituencies,” Shane replied. “I’ll leave that to Senator (sic) Shatter and Senator White.”