Minister Denis Naughten says changes to the county boundary around Athlone will not happen under the current Government’s watch.
The Roscommon Galway TD is describing as a ‘land grab’ proposals which could see Westmeath County Council take responsibility for an area which includes Monksland.
The Irish Times says a report by the boundary committee is finished but has yet to be submitted to Minister Simon Coveney.
Minister Naughten has told The Irish Times that “one way or another we will not be proceeding with this land grab.”
“I will not, under any circumstances, be supporting the movement of the county boundary by even half an inch, and made this view known directly to the Taoiseach before my appointment to Cabinet.”
You can read the report here