Labour TD, Alan Kelly is calling on people in Tipperary to sign a petition to the Constituency Boundary Commission to reassign the areas of North Tipperary from the Offaly constituency back into Tipperary before the next general election.
"I am calling on every one in Tipperary to sign this petition before January 6, 2017. The petition will then be sent as a submission to the constituency commission. The countdown has now commenced to the next boundary review report which should be completed by summer 2017.
“We need to make sure that the electoral commission get a very clear understanding that breaking county boundaries is not acceptable, particularly for large counties like Tipperary,” he said.
He pointed out that earlier this year over 10,000 people from North Tipperary were forced to vote in the Offaly constituency in the general election, a decision they were not consulted on enough and which flew in the face of common sense considering they are represented on Tipperary County Council.
"Locals in Redwood, Rathcabban, Lorrha West, Lorrha East, Riverstown, Carrig, Clohaskin, Aglishcloghane, Terryglass, Uskane, Ballingarry, Finnoe, Kilbarron, Mertonhall, Ballylusky, Cloghprior, Ardcrony, Knigh, Monsea, Ballygibbon, Ballymackey, Borrisokane, Cloughjordan and Graigue are now voting in a constituency to which they have no attachment.
“I would ask all of the approximately 10,000 people here in particular to sign this petition and make their voice heard,” said the former Minister for the Environment.
Deputy Deputy Kelly said people can sign the petition online at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/calling-for-tipperary-to-be-reunited or call to his office at Summerhill, Nenagh, where a hard copy of the petition can be signed.
From next weekend there will be copies of the petition in businesses across the county so that as many people as possible can sign them.