Today Phil Hogan released the terms of reference for the Local Electoral Area Boundary review.
Cllr. Kieran Dennison: Terms of Reference for the 2012/13 Local Electoral Area Boundary Review
Some very interesting points:
Each LEA will have a minimum of 6 councillors and a maximum of 10.
7 is the recommended size.
Limerick, Waterford and Tipperary all set to merge.
Dublin City Council will have 63 councillors (up from 52)
Cort County Council will have 55 (up from 48)
The remaining county councils will have between 18 and 40 members each.
There should be one member for every 4,830 population in each council area
4 extra councillors can be added in each council, above this proportionality.
4 extra councillors per lost borough council, 1 extra councillor per lost town council.
5 extra councillors in cases where city and county councils merge. Limerick and Waterford.
I have to say this is a fantastic set of proposals. We'll finally have proportionality across the country with regard the number of councillors per population. The larger LEA sizes are sure to make for some interesting contests nationwide.
On my own South Dublin County Council there are currently 26 councillors but with a population of 250,000+ we're certain to reach the max of 40 councillors.