An estimated 1,500 people turned out in the Athlone Springs Hotel last night to hear numerous speakers voice their concern at plans to change the county boundaries in South Roscommon.
There was a palpable feeling of anger in the room as Fine Gael and Labour politicians spoke, with requests being made that they ensure no changes are made at least before an election.
Senator John Kelly received looud boos when he stated “If you don’t elect a government TD, you have no hope” while Councillor Maura Hopkins was told by a member of the audience to “stop the waffle and answer the question”.
Among others to speak were Castlerea businessman John Murphy, Dr John Killeen, former county manager John Tiernan, GAA Chairman Seamus Sweeney and Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran.
A petition was sent around the room for signature and assistance was given to fill in a submission which the organisers say is an important part of the campaign