ANGRY members of the Fine Gael party in south Mayo last night (Monday) outlined their stern opposition to nine electoral areas in the Ballinrobe region being transferred into the Galway West constituency.
The Constituency Commission’s decision to take such action in order to pave the way for Mayo to be downgraded to
a four-seat constituency was condemned at the stormy session of the Claremorris FG District Executive in Hollymount
Local Councillor Michael Burke said the move had knocked the wind out of the sails of every loyal party activist in the area affected, which is served by 11 FG branches.
“We would much rather have stayed in Mayo under the new system than being cast into Galway West, with which we have no real affinity.
“After having a number of weeks to consider the implications of the decision, the pain and feeling of disappointment
has not gone away.
“But we are also left with the realisation that we can do very little about it, apart from registering a letter of protest to Minister Phil Hogan.”