The Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council has said he’s “astonished” Kerry is not represented on the Citizens’ Assembly.
It’s emerged of the Assembly’s 99 members, ten counties are without representation – including Kerry.
Mayor of Kerry, Fianna Fáil Councillor Michael O’Shea, says the Citizens’ Assembly brief to discuss the Eighth Amendment is one which, in his view, requires representation from every county.
He says in terms of accurately gauging an urban and rural point of view, Kerry has shown in past referenda to harbour a broad balance of views and should be included.
The Cathaoirleach also said he didn’t understand why a lottery system was used to fill the panel.
26 of the 99 representatives on the Assembly are from Dublin, with 14 from Cork.
The Milltown councillor says such a major issue should have broader geographical representation.