County Leitrim
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County Leitrim is a county
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 in Ireland
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. It is located in the West Region
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 and is also part of the province
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 of Connacht
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. It is named after the village of Leitrim
Leitrim, County Leitrim
Leitrim is a village in County Leitrim, Ireland.-Access and transport:It is located on the River Shannon at the junction of the R280 and R284 regional roads and is connected to the River Erne via the Shannon-Erne Waterway. Leitrim village is the gateway to the Shannon-Erne Waterway and boasts a...

. Leitrim County Council
Leitrim County Council
Leitrim County Council is the local authority which is responsible for County Leitrim in Ireland. The Council is responsible for Housing and Community, Roads and Transportation, Urban planning and Development, Amenity and Culture, and Environment....

 is the local authority
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 for the county. The population of the county is 31,778 according to the 2011 census.
Leitrim is the 26th largest of the 32 counties by area and the smallest by population. It is the smallest of Connacht’s 5 counties in both size and population.
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County Leitrim is a county
Counties of Ireland
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 in Ireland
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. It is located in the West Region
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 and is also part of the province
Provinces of Ireland
Ireland has historically been divided into four provinces: Leinster, Ulster, Munster and Connacht. The Irish word for this territorial division, cúige, literally meaning "fifth part", indicates that there were once five; the fifth province, Meath, was incorporated into Leinster, with parts going to...

 of Connacht
Connacht
Connacht , formerly anglicised as Connaught, is one of the Provinces of Ireland situated in the west of Ireland. In Ancient Ireland, it was one of the fifths ruled by a "king of over-kings" . Following the Norman invasion of Ireland, the ancient kingdoms were shired into a number of counties for...

. It is named after the village of Leitrim
Leitrim, County Leitrim
Leitrim is a village in County Leitrim, Ireland.-Access and transport:It is located on the River Shannon at the junction of the R280 and R284 regional roads and is connected to the River Erne via the Shannon-Erne Waterway. Leitrim village is the gateway to the Shannon-Erne Waterway and boasts a...

. Leitrim County Council
Leitrim County Council
Leitrim County Council is the local authority which is responsible for County Leitrim in Ireland. The Council is responsible for Housing and Community, Roads and Transportation, Urban planning and Development, Amenity and Culture, and Environment....

 is the local authority
Local government in the Republic of Ireland
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 for the county. The population of the county is 31,778 according to the 2011 census.

Geography and political subdivisions

Leitrim is the 26th largest of the 32 counties by area and the smallest by population. It is the smallest of Connacht’s 5 counties in both size and population. Leitrim is bordered by the counties of Donegal
County Donegal
County Donegal is a county in Ireland. It is part of the Border Region and is also located in the province of Ulster. It is named after the town of Donegal. Donegal County Council is the local authority for the county...

 to the north, Fermanagh
County Fermanagh
Fermanagh District Council is the only one of the 26 district councils in Northern Ireland that contains all of the county it is named after. The district council also contains a small section of County Tyrone in the Dromore and Kilskeery road areas....

 to the north-east, Cavan
County Cavan
County Cavan is a county in Ireland. It is part of the Border Region and is also located in the province of Ulster. It is named after the town of Cavan. Cavan County Council is the local authority for the county...

 to the east, Longford
County Longford
County Longford is a county in Ireland. It is part of the Midlands Region and is also located in the province of Leinster. It is named after the town of Longford.Longford County Council is the local authority for the county...

 to the south, Roscommon
County Roscommon
County Roscommon is a county in Ireland. It is located in the West Region and is also part of the province of Connacht. It is named after the town of Roscommon. Roscommon County Council is the local authority for the county...

 to the south-west and Sligo to the west. Fermanagh is in Northern Ireland
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 while all the other neighbouring counties are within the Republic.

Towns & villages in north Leitrim

  • Askill
    Askill
    Askill is a small village in Achill, County Mayo, Ireland. It is surrounded by Dooniver and Bunnacurry.-See also:* List of towns and villages in Ireland...

  • Ballinaglera
    Ballinaglera
    Ballinagleragh is a village in County Leitrim. It is on the R207 regional road east of Lough Allen.-See also:* List of towns and villages in Ireland...

  • Buckode
    Buckode
    Buckode is a village in County Leitrim, Ireland. It lies south of Lough Melvin on the R281 regional road.-History:Bocóid = The Well-Defined piece of Land. Bogfhóid = The Soft Soil. Area . Population 83 ; 70 ; 61 ; 30 ; 23 . Number of houses: 13 ; 13 ; 10 ; 10 ; 8 . Part of Lareen Estate...

  • Cloonsheerevagh
    Cloonsheerevagh
    Cloonsheerevagh is a townland in County Leitrim.As this townland is almost parallel with Cloonsheebane, the landscape and name are both similar. It is likely that this meadow may have been speckled with bushes or field enclosures, thus giving the name riabach....

  • Drumkeeran
    Drumkeeran
    Drumkeeran is a village in County Leitrim, Ireland located at the junction of the R280 and R200 regional roads. It lies at the foot of Corry Mountain just north of Lough Allen. Drumkeerin is situated in drumlin hills northwest of Lough Allen, a lake on the Shannon.The Drumkeerin Development...

  • Dromahair
    Dromahair
    Dromahair is a small village in County Leitrim, Ireland. Dromahair is 10 km from Manorhamilton and 17 km from Sligo town.-Geography:Dromahair lies in the hilly north west of Leitrim amid some stunning unspoiled natural landscapes...

  • Glenfarne
    Glenfarne
    Glenfarne is a small village located in the north of County Leitrim, Ireland. It is the site of the original "Ballroom of Romance", which inspired a short story by William Trevor and was subsequently turned into a movie by the BBC...

  • Kiltyclogher
    Kiltyclogher
    Kiltyclogher is a small village in County Leitrim, Ireland. It is on the border with Fermanagh, however two of the connecting roads were blocked by the British authorities during the Troubles of the late 20th century - these have since been re-opened, however the town was isolated during the...

  • Kinlough
    Kinlough
    Kinlough nestles between the Dartry Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, the River Duff and the River Drowes, Kinlough is a village in North Leitrim at the head of Lough Melvin. It borders Donegal and Fermanagh, is in close proximity to Yeats Country, 2.5 miles from Bundoran, Co. Donegal, and across...

  • Killargue
    Killargue
    Killarga or Killargue is a small village in County Leitrim with a wealth of beautiful scenery in its surrounds which can be best discovered by foot. The Holy Well is an ancient place of pilgrimage and is also near a 19th-century lime kiln....

  • Largydonnell
    Largydonnell
    Largydonnell is a village on the R280 regional road in County Leitrim, Ireland.-History:Nearby to Largydonnell Post Office at the hump-backed bridge, on a road to the right in Ahanlish are the ruins of an old forge where De Cuellar, where a survivor of the wreck of the Spanish Armada at Tullaghan...

  • Lurganboy
  • Manorhamilton
  • Rossinver
    Rossinver
    Rossinver or Rosinver is a village in north County Leitrim, Ireland. The village is at the southern shore of Lough Melvin at the jumction of the R281 and R282 regional roads....

  • Saddlehill
  • Tullaghan
    Tullaghan
    Tullaghan is a village in County Leitrim, Ireland. Due to extensive property development, fueled by tax breaks, it has now mushroomed in size. The village had a population of 520 in 2002 and had grown to 764 by 2006....


Towns & villages in south Leitrim

  • Aghamore
    Aghamore
    Aghamore is a village in County Leitrim, Ireland, located on the main N4 national primary road between Dublin and Sligo.-See also:*List of towns and villages in Ireland...

  • Ballinamore
    Ballinamore
    Ballinamore is a small town in County Leitrim, Ireland, from the border with Northern Ireland. It is located on the R202 regional road where it is joined by the R199 and R204. means "mouth of the big ford", and the town is so named because it was the main crossing point of the Yellow River,...

  • Bornacoola
    Bornacoola
    Bornacoola is an Ecclesiastical parish in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise, Ireland. It is located at the southern extremity of County Leitrim in the civil parish of Mohill. Some of its townlands lie in neighbouring County Longford...

  • Carrick-on-Shannon
    Carrick-on-Shannon
    Carrick-on-Shannon is the county town of County Leitrim in Ireland. It is also the smallest main county town in the country . It is situated on a strategic crossing point of the River Shannon and is the largest town in the county. The population of the town was 3,163 in 2006. It is in the barony...

  • Carrigallen
    Carrigallen
    Carrigallen is a small village in County Leitrim, Ireland. It is located on the R201 and R203 roads in the east of the county. The English translation of Carraig Álainn is "beautiful rock"....

  • Cloone
    Cloone
    Cloone is a village in County Leitrim, Ireland. The village is located in the south of the county, just off the R201 regional road. It is a neighbouring town of Mohill.Its name is an Anglicised version of the Irish-language word cluain, meaning meadow....

  • Drumcoura
  • Drumcong
    Drumcong
    Drumcong is a village in County Leitrim, Ireland.-Location:Drumcong is location between Ballinamore and Carrick-on-Shannon on the R208 road.-Transport:The village of Drumcong was formerly known as Kiltubert Railway Station from whence the village grew...

  • Dromod
    Dromod
    Dromod is a village in County Leitrim, Ireland. Dromod is a noted fishing village on Loughs Bofin and Boderg, which are threaded by the River Shannon....

  • Drumshanbo
    Drumshanbo
    Drumshanbo is a small town situated in the heart of County Leitrim, Ireland. The town takes its name from the Irish, Druim-Sean-Bhoth or "Ridge of the old huts". Drumshanbo is surrounded by a scenic area of soft rolling hills, woodlands, lakes and the Sliabh an Iarainn and Arigna mountains...

  • Drumsna
    Drumsna
    Drumsna is a village in County Leitrim, Ireland. It is situated 6 km east of Carrick-on-Shannon on the River Shannon and is located off the N4 National primary route which links Dublin and Sligo. The harbour dates to 1817 and was a hive of commercial waterway activity until the more northern...

  • Fenagh
  • Eslinbridge
  • Jamestown
    Jamestown, County Leitrim
    Jamestown is a village on the banks of the River Shannon in County Leitrim, Ireland. It lies some 5 km east-south-east of the county town, Carrick-on-Shannon....

  • Johnstownbridge
  • Keshcarrigan
    Keshcarrigan
    Keshcarrigan is a village in County Leitrim, Ireland. The village is situated on the Shannon-Erne Waterway and the R209 road near Lough Scur and Sheebeg, an ancient pagan burial site overlooking Kesh Lake....

  • Leitrim
    Leitrim, County Leitrim
    Leitrim is a village in County Leitrim, Ireland.-Access and transport:It is located on the River Shannon at the junction of the R280 and R284 regional roads and is connected to the River Erne via the Shannon-Erne Waterway. Leitrim village is the gateway to the Shannon-Erne Waterway and boasts a...

  • Mohill
    Mohill
    Mohill is a town in County Leitrim, Ireland. The town is located in the south of the county, north of the midlands of Ireland. The town of Carrick-on-Shannon is approximately 16 km away....

  • Newtowngore
    Newtowngore
    Newtowngore or Newtown Gore, known before the Plantations of Ireland as Ducarrick , is a village on the R199 regional road in County Leitrim, in the north of the parish of Carrigallen.-The Gore Family:...


Physical geography

Leitrim has a dramatic hilly and mountainous landscape in its north-west and is relatively flat in the south-east, each separated from the other by Lough Allen in the middle of the county. It is a tranquil area of great natural beauty, consisting of lofty mountains, deep valleys, pastures, lakes, rolling hills and rivers. Leitrim has the shortest length of coastline of any Irish county that touches the sea. At Tullaghan
Tullaghan
Tullaghan is a village in County Leitrim, Ireland. Due to extensive property development, fueled by tax breaks, it has now mushroomed in size. The village had a population of 520 in 2002 and had grown to 764 by 2006....

, the coastline is only 2.5 km long. Leitrim offers scenic panoramic vistas of Lough Allen and the River Shannon
River Shannon
The River Shannon is the longest river in Ireland at . It divides the west of Ireland from the east and south . County Clare, being west of the Shannon but part of the province of Munster, is the major exception...

. The Shannon is linked to the Erne
River Erne
The River Erne , in the northwest of Ireland, rises in Beaghy Lough, two miles south of Stradone in County Cavan and flows 64 miles through Lough Gowna, Lough Oughter and Upper and Lower Lough Erne, County Fermanagh, to the sea at Ballyshannon, County Donegal...

 via the Shannon-Erne Waterway
Shannon-Erne Waterway
The Shannon-Erne Waterway is a canal linking the River Shannon in the Republic of Ireland with the River Erne in Northern Ireland. Managed by Waterways Ireland, the canal is in length, has sixteen locks and runs from Leitrim village in County Leitrim to Upper Lough Erne in County Fermanagh...

. Notable lakes include:
  • Lough Melvin
    Lough Melvin
    Lough Melvin is a lake which is internationally renowned for its unique range of plants and animals. It is located in the northwest of Ireland on the border between County Leitrim and County Fermanagh ....

     is internationally renowned for its unique range of plants and animals.
  • Lough Allen
    Lough Allen
    Lough Allen is a lake situated on the River Shannon, in the north-central part of Ireland, near Ireland's border region. Most of the lake is in County Leitrim, with a smaller portion in County Roscommon. The lake lies to the south of the river's source, near the Iron Mountains, and is the...

     offers amazing views, especially from the road between Leitrim Village
    Leitrim, County Leitrim
    Leitrim is a village in County Leitrim, Ireland.-Access and transport:It is located on the River Shannon at the junction of the R280 and R284 regional roads and is connected to the River Erne via the Shannon-Erne Waterway. Leitrim village is the gateway to the Shannon-Erne Waterway and boasts a...

     and Drumkeeran
    Drumkeeran
    Drumkeeran is a village in County Leitrim, Ireland located at the junction of the R280 and R200 regional roads. It lies at the foot of Corry Mountain just north of Lough Allen. Drumkeerin is situated in drumlin hills northwest of Lough Allen, a lake on the Shannon.The Drumkeerin Development...

  • Lough Gill
    Lough Gill
    Lough Gill is a freshwater lough mainly situated in County Sligo, but partly in County Leitrim, in Ireland. It is about 8 km or 5 miles long and 2 km or 1 mile wide, and drains into the River Garavogue near Sligo Town. The picturesque lake is surrounded by wooded hills and is popular with...

     is to the northwest of Dromahair
    Dromahair
    Dromahair is a small village in County Leitrim, Ireland. Dromahair is 10 km from Manorhamilton and 17 km from Sligo town.-Geography:Dromahair lies in the hilly north west of Leitrim amid some stunning unspoiled natural landscapes...

    ; Parke's Castle
    Parke's Castle
    Rising three storeys tall, in an idyllic setting on the banks of Lough Gill, in County Leitrim in Ireland, Parke’s Castle is a plantation era castle. In 1610 Roger Parke completed his fortified manor house on the site of an earlier fifteenth-century O'Rourke castle...

     is located on the lake shore.
  • Belhavel Lough is also located in Dromahair
    Dromahair
    Dromahair is a small village in County Leitrim, Ireland. Dromahair is 10 km from Manorhamilton and 17 km from Sligo town.-Geography:Dromahair lies in the hilly north west of Leitrim amid some stunning unspoiled natural landscapes...

    , within the parish of Killargue.
  • Other particularly beautiful lakes include Lough Garadice, Lough Glenade, Lough Rynn and Lough MacNean.

History

In ancient times Leitrim formed the western half of the Kingdom of Breifne
Kingdom of Breifne
The Kingdom of Breifne or Bréifne was the traditional territory for an early Irish tribal group known as the Uí Briúin Bréifne...

. This region was long influenced by the O'Rourke family of Dromahair
Dromahair
Dromahair is a small village in County Leitrim, Ireland. Dromahair is 10 km from Manorhamilton and 17 km from Sligo town.-Geography:Dromahair lies in the hilly north west of Leitrim amid some stunning unspoiled natural landscapes...

, whose heraldic lion occupies the official county shield to this day. Close ties initially existed with East Breifne, now County Cavan
County Cavan
County Cavan is a county in Ireland. It is part of the Border Region and is also located in the province of Ulster. It is named after the town of Cavan. Cavan County Council is the local authority for the county...

, and the O'Reilly clan
O'Reilly
O'Reilly is the Anglicised form of the Gaelic Ó Raghallaigh. It is also the patronymic form of the Irish name Reilly . It is commonly found throughout Ireland, with the greatest concentration of the surname found in County Cavan followed by Longford, Meath, Westmeath, Fermanagh and Monaghan, and...

 seated there. The Normans
Normans
The Normans were the people who gave their name to Normandy, a region in northern France. They were descended from Norse Viking conquerors of the territory and the native population of Frankish and Gallo-Roman stock...

 invaded in the 13th century and occupied the south of Breifne. Much of the county was confiscated from its owners in 1620 and given to Villiers and Hamilton. Their initial objective was to plant the county with English settlers. However, this proved unsuccessful. English Deputy Sir John Perrot had ordered the legal establishment of "Leitrim County" a half-century prior, in 1565. Perrott also demarked the current county borders around 1583.
Five forests are traditionally said to have stood in Leitrim up till the 17th century.

Leitrim was first hit by the recession caused by the mechanisation of [linen] weaving in the 1830s and its 155,000 residents (as of the 1841 census) were ravaged by the Great Famine and the population dropped to 112,000 by 1851. The population subsequently continued to decrease due to emigration. After many years, the wounds of such rapid population decline have finally started to heal. Agriculture improved over the last century. Leitrim now has the fastest growing population in Connacht.

Working of the county's rich deposits of iron ore began in the 15th century and continued until the mid 18th century. Coal mining became prominent in the 19th century to the east of Lough Allen in Sliabh an Iariann and also to the west in Arigna
Arigna
Arigna is a village in County Roscommon, Ireland. It is near Lough Allen , on a designated "scenic route" between Keadue and Sliabh an Iarainn .-Arigna coal mine:...

, on the Roscommon border. The last coal mine closed in July 1990 and there is now a visitor centre. Sandstone was also quarried in the Glenfarne region. William Butler Yeats
William Butler Yeats
William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet and playwright, and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature. A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, in his later years he served as an Irish Senator for two terms...

 spent the turn of the twentieth century fascinated with Lough Allen
Lough Allen
Lough Allen is a lake situated on the River Shannon, in the north-central part of Ireland, near Ireland's border region. Most of the lake is in County Leitrim, with a smaller portion in County Roscommon. The lake lies to the south of the river's source, near the Iron Mountains, and is the...

 and much of Leitrim. In the northwest, 11 km from Manorhamilton can be found Glencar Waterfall, which was an inspiration to Yeats and is mentioned in his poem The Stolen Child
The Stolen Child
"The Stolen Child" is a poem by William Butler Yeats, published in 1889 in The Wanderings of Oisin and Other Poems.-Overview:The poem was written in 1886 and is considered to be one of Yeats's more notable early poems. The poem is based on Irish legend and concerns faeries beguiling a child to come...

.

Due to its small size, low population density and high migration, the county has been known as a classic example of rural depopulation that is a big problem in Connacht, which is already the least populated province. Evidence of this includes Leitrim been splint between Sligo and Roscommon for general elections.

Demographics

  • Leitrim has the fastest growing population of any county in Connacht. As measured by census, the population rose by 12.2% between 2002 and 2006 to 29,000.
  • 2005 HEA statistics identified that Leitrim has the highest rate of participation in higher education in the Republic with 75% of 17-19 year olds being admitted to a higher course.
  • The county town is Carrick-on-Shannon
    Carrick-on-Shannon
    Carrick-on-Shannon is the county town of County Leitrim in Ireland. It is also the smallest main county town in the country . It is situated on a strategic crossing point of the River Shannon and is the largest town in the county. The population of the town was 3,163 in 2006. It is in the barony...

     (3,505 inhabitants). It is a highly developed, prospering river port on the River Shannon and many tourists hire cruising boats here to explore the Shannon and the Shannon-Erne Waterway
    Shannon-Erne Waterway
    The Shannon-Erne Waterway is a canal linking the River Shannon in the Republic of Ireland with the River Erne in Northern Ireland. Managed by Waterways Ireland, the canal is in length, has sixteen locks and runs from Leitrim village in County Leitrim to Upper Lough Erne in County Fermanagh...

     -a 63 km canal linking the two river systems. It is amongst the fastest growing towns in Ireland having grown by 25% in the past few years.
  • According to 2008 statistics, Leitrim county has the third highest suicide rate in Ireland and the lowest male life expectancy at 72.8 years (average is 75.6).


Local government and politics

2009 Irish Local Elections
Irish local elections, 2009
The 2009 Irish local elections were held in all the counties, cities and towns of Ireland on Friday, 5 June 2009, on the same day as the European Parliament election and two by-elections .-Overview:...


Leitrim County Council
Party Seats Change
Fine Gael
Fine Gael
Fine Gael is a centre-right to centrist political party in the Republic of Ireland. It is the single largest party in Ireland in the Oireachtas, in local government, and in terms of Members of the European Parliament. The party has a membership of over 35,000...

 
10 + 2
Fianna Fáil
Fianna Fáil
Fianna Fáil – The Republican Party , more commonly known as Fianna Fáil is a centrist political party in the Republic of Ireland, founded on 23 March 1926. Fianna Fáil's name is traditionally translated into English as Soldiers of Destiny, although a more accurate rendition would be Warriors of Fál...

 
8 - 2
Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin is a left wing, Irish republican political party in Ireland. The name is Irish for "ourselves" or "we ourselves", although it is frequently mistranslated as "ourselves alone". Originating in the Sinn Féin organisation founded in 1905 by Arthur Griffith, it took its current form in 1970...

 
2 =
Independent
Independent (politician)
In politics, an independent or non-party politician is an individual not affiliated to any political party. Independents may hold a centrist viewpoint between those of major political parties, a viewpoint more extreme than any major party, or they may have a viewpoint based on issues that they do...

 
2 =


Leitrim County Council is the local authority
Local government in the Republic of Ireland
Local government functions in the Republic of Ireland are mostly exercised by thirty-four local authorities, termed county or city councils, which cover the entire territory of the state. The area under the jurisdiction of each of these authorities corresponds to the area of each of the 34 LAU I...

 for the administrative county
Administrative county
An administrative county was an administrative division in England and Wales and Ireland used for the purposes of local government. They are now abolished, although in Northern Ireland their former areas are used as the basis for lieutenancy....

. The county is divided into five local electoral areas
Local electoral area
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 for the purpose of elections: Ballinamore
Ballinamore
Ballinamore is a small town in County Leitrim, Ireland, from the border with Northern Ireland. It is located on the R202 regional road where it is joined by the R199 and R204. means "mouth of the big ford", and the town is so named because it was the main crossing point of the Yellow River,...

 (5 councillors), Carrick-on-Shannon
Carrick-on-Shannon
Carrick-on-Shannon is the county town of County Leitrim in Ireland. It is also the smallest main county town in the country . It is situated on a strategic crossing point of the River Shannon and is the largest town in the county. The population of the town was 3,163 in 2006. It is in the barony...

 (5 councillors), Dromahaire (5 councillors), and Manorhamilton (5 councillors).

The county is divided into two constituencies for elections to Dáil Éireann
Dáil Éireann
Dáil Éireann is the lower house, but principal chamber, of the Oireachtas , which also includes the President of Ireland and Seanad Éireann . It is directly elected at least once in every five years under the system of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote...

. They are: Roscommon-South Leitrim and Sligo-North Leitrim. This division which was first used for the 2007 general election proved highly controversial as it resulted in no TD
Teachta Dála
A Teachta Dála , usually abbreviated as TD in English, is a member of Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Oireachtas . It is the equivalent of terms such as "Member of Parliament" or "deputy" used in other states. The official translation of the term is "Deputy to the Dáil", though a more literal...

 whose domicile was in the county. As of 2011, the only Leitrim based TD is Michael Colreavy
Michael Colreavy
Michael Colreavy is an Irish Sinn Féin politician. He was elected as a Teachta Dála for the Sligo–North Leitrim constituency at the 2011 general election. He is the Sinn Féin spokesperson on Agriculture, Fisheries and Food....

 (Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin is a left wing, Irish republican political party in Ireland. The name is Irish for "ourselves" or "we ourselves", although it is frequently mistranslated as "ourselves alone". Originating in the Sinn Féin organisation founded in 1905 by Arthur Griffith, it took its current form in 1970...

).

Transport

  • Supplementing the local and regional road networks are the N15 (Sligo-Leitrim-Donegal), N16 (Sligo-Leitrim-Enniskillen) and N4 (Sligo-Leitrim-Dublin) national roads.
  • Railway stations in Leitrim on the Dublin to Sligo line include Dromod
    Dromod
    Dromod is a village in County Leitrim, Ireland. Dromod is a noted fishing village on Loughs Bofin and Boderg, which are threaded by the River Shannon....

     and Carrick-on-Shannon
    Carrick-on-Shannon
    Carrick-on-Shannon is the county town of County Leitrim in Ireland. It is also the smallest main county town in the country . It is situated on a strategic crossing point of the River Shannon and is the largest town in the county. The population of the town was 3,163 in 2006. It is in the barony...

    .
  • The Cavan and Leitrim Railway
    Cavan and Leitrim Railway
    The Cavan & Leitrim Railway was a narrow-gauge railway in the counties of Leitrim and Cavan in the north-west of Ireland, which ran from 1887 until 1959.Unusually for Ireland, this 914mm -gauge line survived on coal traffic, from the mine at Arigna...

     opened on 17 October 1887. It consisted of two branches, meeting at Ballinamore
    Ballinamore
    Ballinamore is a small town in County Leitrim, Ireland, from the border with Northern Ireland. It is located on the R202 regional road where it is joined by the R199 and R204. means "mouth of the big ford", and the town is so named because it was the main crossing point of the Yellow River,...

     which connected Dromod
    Dromod
    Dromod is a village in County Leitrim, Ireland. Dromod is a noted fishing village on Loughs Bofin and Boderg, which are threaded by the River Shannon....

     and Arigna
    Arigna
    Arigna is a village in County Roscommon, Ireland. It is near Lough Allen , on a designated "scenic route" between Keadue and Sliabh an Iarainn .-Arigna coal mine:...

     with Belturbet
    Belturbet
    Belturbet is a town in County Cavan, Ireland. It is from Cavan town from Dublin city. Belturbet lies on the N3 road. It is from the border with Northern Ireland between the counties of Cavan and Fermanagh and is south of Enniskillen.- History :...

    . Services carried goods, passengers and coal from around Lough Allen. Although protested, the line finally closed on 31 March 1959.
  • Railway stations in Leitrim on the former Sligo-Enniskillen Railway
    Sligo, Leitrim and Northern Counties Railway
    The Sligo, Leitrim and Northern Counties Railway was an Irish gauge railway in counties Cavan, Fermanagh, Leitrim and Sligo in north-west Ireland.-History:...

     included Dromahair
    Dromahair
    Dromahair is a small village in County Leitrim, Ireland. Dromahair is 10 km from Manorhamilton and 17 km from Sligo town.-Geography:Dromahair lies in the hilly north west of Leitrim amid some stunning unspoiled natural landscapes...

    , Manorhamilton and Glenfarne
    Glenfarne
    Glenfarne is a small village located in the north of County Leitrim, Ireland. It is the site of the original "Ballroom of Romance", which inspired a short story by William Trevor and was subsequently turned into a movie by the BBC...

    .
  • The Shannon
    River Shannon
    The River Shannon is the longest river in Ireland at . It divides the west of Ireland from the east and south . County Clare, being west of the Shannon but part of the province of Munster, is the major exception...

     and Shannon-Erne Waterway
    Shannon-Erne Waterway
    The Shannon-Erne Waterway is a canal linking the River Shannon in the Republic of Ireland with the River Erne in Northern Ireland. Managed by Waterways Ireland, the canal is in length, has sixteen locks and runs from Leitrim village in County Leitrim to Upper Lough Erne in County Fermanagh...

     give access to much of Leitrim by boat.
  • Recently, proposals have been put forward to move Sligo Airport
    Sligo Airport
    Sligo Airport is located in Strandhill, County Sligo, west of Sligo in Ireland. The airport is a small regional airport and has no scheduled routes.-Introduction:...

    to a geographically better location near the village of Kinlough in County Leitrim.

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