The Irish Times reports on an attempt[subs req] by Fianna Fáil MEP, Brian Crowley, and Independent MEP Kathy Sinnott to amend proposals to re-allocate the number of seats in the European Parliament – or as Fine Gael MEP, Avril Doyle, put it “This is nothing but empty political posturing on what has become a foregone conclusion”. The voting in the European parliament’s constitutional affairs committee went 3 in favour, 18 against and 10 abstained, meaning that the Republic of Ireland will have 12 seats instead of the current 13. From that Irish Times report [subs again]
The Constituency Commission will report this month or next on how to revise the electoral boundaries in Ireland for the European election in 2009 to take account of the loss of one Irish MEP. It could decide to transform Dublin into a three-seat constituency, a move that would probably make it harder for smaller parties to get their candidates elected, or it could order a major constituency boundary revision.