LOOK AT NEW CONNACHT
Connacht is the smallest in area and population of the
four historic provinces of Ireland. It is situated in the west of
Ireland between the North Atlantic to the west and the Shannon river to
the east. Historically, it has been neglected; in the first instance by
the British occupiers and later by the Irish Free State government.
Economically, it is the least developed province and consequently has
experienced the greatest loss of its youth to emigration. Connacht is
home to the Gaelic-speaking people of Ireland with the exception of
other small pockets in Kerry and Donegal.
Within the EIRE NUA concept, Connacht would have its
own Parliament, seated in Tuarn, the capital. The parliament would
consist of a single chamber of deputies elected by the people of the
province according to a system of proportional representation. The
function of the parliament would be to 1) coordinate cultural activity
and economic development within its regions, 2) initiate and promote
legislation for the social, economic and cultural development of its
people, 3) coordinate the development and expansion of third-level
education, and 4) collect provincial taxes.
In order to maximize the concept of devolved
government, Connacht would include within its geographical boundary two
clearly defined economic regions, North Connacht and South Connacht.
Each region would be administered by a regional board consisting of 1)
representatives of district councils from within the region, and 2)
expert representatives appointed by the provincial parliament. These
regional boards would be responsible for establishing, promoting and
coordinating their own social, economic and cultural programs.
Within each region, ten clearly defined districts
would be established. Each district would be administered by a district
council, covering a population of between 10,000 and 40,000 people.
District councils would be responsible for 1) law enforcement and the
administration of justice, 2) primary and secondary education, 3) public
works and local planning, 4) welfare and social services, and 5)
Voluntary Community Councils would be
established at the local level to pursue local issues.
MAP OF NEW CONNACHT
OF EIRE NUA
NCI - Achill - Erris
NC2 - Westport
NC3 - North Mayo
NC4 - Castlebar
NC5 - Sligo
NC6 - Ballymote
NC7 - Swinford
NC8 - North Leitrim
NC9 - South Leitrim
NCIO - Boyle
SC3 - Tuam
SCIO - Roscommon