Constituency carve-ups in parts or rural Ireland are leaving voters feeling disenfranchised and "left in a political no-man's land", it has been claimed.

In a report by Cian McCormack for RTÉ's Morning Ireland, voters from parts of what was the North-West Tipperary constituency - which has now been moved to Offaly - expressed concerns that the new structures leave them effectively without a voice.

Jim Casey, a councillor in the area for 30 years, said: "It's absolutely ridiculous. There has been no common sense used in drawing this up the way they have drawn it up.

"These are staunch Tipperary people... I'm afraid there will be a low turn-out because of it and that's what I'm hearing from people."

Independent TD Joe Hannigan said: "We're wondering how it is going to pan out.."

Mr Hannigan expressed concerns that the new constituency structure will make it difficult for a TD, sitting in Offaly, to have an effect on the budget in Tipperary in terms of "getting things done".

He added: "We could fall between two stools here."

However, Noel Whelan, author of the Tallyman's Guide, suggested that the answer could be a very simple one.

He said: "If we allowed - as the Constitution does - some six-seat constituencies, that would enable [us] to maintain the county cohesion while also maintaining and enforcing the political link between voters and the people who represent them."

Listen to Cian McCormack's full report here...