Limerick is a parliamentary constituency represented in Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Irish parliament or Oireachtas. The constituency elects 3 deputies (Teachtaí Dála, commonly known as TDs). The method of election is the single transferable vote form of proportional representation (PR-STV).
History and boundaries Edit
The constituency was first created as a 7 seater under the Electoral Act 1923, for the 1923 general election to Dáil Éireann, whose members formed the 4th Dáil. It succeeded the constituencies of Limerick City–Limerick East and Kerry–Limerick West which were used to elect members to the 2nd Dáil and to the 3rd Dáil.
Since 2011 Edit
The Constituency Commission proposed in 2007 that at the next general election a new constituency called Limerick be created.
It was established by the Electoral (Amendment) Act 2009 when it partially replaced the former constituencies of Limerick East and Limerick West. Most of the rural parts of the Limerick East constituency were transferred to the Limerick constituency and the western parts of the Limerick West constituency were transferred to the Kerry North–West Limerick constituency. It was first used at the 2011 general election, electing 3 TDs.
The 2009 Act defines the constituency as:
- "The county of Limerick, except the parts thereof which are comprised in the constituencies of Limerick City and Kerry North–West Limerick."