Residents ‘dumbfounded’ by boundary changes

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Residents ‘dumbfounded’ by boundary changes thumbnailResidents from the Dungiven and surrounding areas who came out to voice their opinions on the proposed Westminster constituency boundary changes. NCL08-30s

DUNGIVEN Sports Pavilion was packed last Tuesday, February 13, as Sinn Fein held a public meeting to discuss controversial new proposals to Westminster constituency boundary changes.
Residents discussed the proposed changes which, if given the go a head, would mean Dungiven would be split down the middle with half the town in Mid-Ulster and half in West Tyrone.
Some of the outer areas, including Foreglen and Feeny, would be part of a new constituency based around the Causeway Coast and Glens Council area.
Residents who attended the meeting voiced their anger and frustration at these proposed changes with some saying the proposed changes where "reminiscent of gerrymandering."
A perfect example of these boundary changes to the town's current boundary lines would see the main building of St Patrick's College in Mid-Ulster and the canteen in the West Tyrone constituency.
Michael Gormley, principal of St Patrick's College Dungiven, told the Northern Constitution any change to the current boundaries will have an impact on the school.
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