Constituency Review Submission from John Donegan
Submission ID: S359
Cork North-West, Cork East
To Electoral Commission
Re Constituencies of Cork N.W. and Cork East.
I live in Charleville on the Cork-Limerick border in the Constituency of Cork N.W.
Those who live in this part of North-Cork have no affinity with areas south of the Boggeragh Mountains. Areas such as Ballincollig and Macroom. Our main focus as a community are towns in North Cork such as Mallow, Kanturk, Mitchelstown, and Fermoy.
North Cork is separated from the southern part of the County by the aforementioned Boggeragh Mountains, the Nano Nagel Mountains, and the river Blackwater.
That area is comprised of the Mallow-Kanturk Electoral area and the Fermoy Electoral area. Combined they form the Northern Division of Cork County Council which is one of 3 divisions of Cork County Council. The others are West Cork and South Cork.
GAA; Likewise the GAA is organised along similar lines, Duhallow covering most of the Kanturk Electoral Area and Avondhu covers the remainder.
I submit that a Dail Constituency embracing areas north of the Blackwater river which include the Mallow-Kanturk Electoral area and the Fermoy Electoral area would make an ideal Constituency. As it embraces an area that is integrated, has a lot in common, and is traversable.
North Cork was a Constituency from the foundation of the State until 1961, I believe it is time is was reconstituted.
9th May, 2023