Midlands–North-West is a constituency of the European Parliament in Ireland. It elects four Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) using the single transferable vote form of proportional representation (PR-STV).
|European Parliament constituency|
History and boundariesEdit
|2014||Counties of Cavan, Donegal, Galway, Kildare, Laois, Leitrim, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo and Westmeath; and the city of Galway.||4|
|2019||Loss of Laois and Offaly to South|
The Constituency Commission proposed in its 2013 report that at the next European Parliament election a new constituency called Midlands–North-West be created, consisting of the old North-West constituency, with the exception of County Clare which was moved to the South constituency; as well the northern and central Leinster part of the East constituency. The report proposed changes to the constituencies of Ireland so as to reduce the total number of MEPs from 12 to 11, due to the accession of Croatia to the European Union. The Irish Times criticised the wide geographic spread of the constituency, calling it "a heterogeneous mish-mash of counties with little historic or cultural connection to each other." It was nicknamed "Malin M50" for its wide spread, from the suburbs of Dublin to the Atlantic seaboard.
For the 2019 European Parliament election, a reapportionment following Brexit and the loss of 73 MEPs from the United Kingdom gave two additional seats to Ireland. Following a recommendation of the Constituency Commission, counties Laois and Offaly were moved to the South constituency, with Midlands–North-West maintaining its 4 seats.
The constituency comprises the counties of Cavan, Donegal, Galway, Kildare, Leitrim, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Roscommon, Sligo and Westmeath; and the city of Galway.
The main urban areas of Midlands–North-West (by population size) are Galway, Drogheda, Dundalk, Navan, Newbridge, Naas, Athlone, Mullingar, Celbridge and Letterkenny.
Per the 2016 census, it has a population of 1,523,517.
|Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) for Midlands–North-West 2014–|
Key to parties
|Luke 'Ming' Flanagan
|2020[nb 1]||Chris MacManus|
|2020[nb 2]||Colm Markey|
Note: The columns in this table are used only for presentational purposes, and no significance should be attached to the order of columns. For details of the order in which seats were won at each election, see the detailed results of that election.
|Fine Gael||Mairead McGuinness||22.6%||134,630|
|Independent||Luke 'Ming' Flanagan||14.3%||85,034||86,906||87,008||87,188||87,333||87,964||88,543||90,187||91,747||94,353||97,319||112,760||121,824|
|Sinn Féin||Matt Carthy||13.0%||77,619||78,487||78,513||78,612||78,653||79,028||79,437||81,544||82,921||83,851||84,825||91,396||98,732|
|Fine Gael||Maria Walsh||10.8%||64,500||70,536||70,619||70,660||70,731||71,425||71,793||72,265||74,116||76,056||80,338||96,163||107,192|
|Fianna Fáil||Brendan Smith||7.2%||42,814||44,040||44,059||44,076||44,130||44,255||44,692||44,836||45,235||46,820||64,532||68,677|
|Fianna Fáil||Anne Rabbitte||5.1%||30,220||31,084||31,122||31,143||31,198||31,471||31,893||32,041||32,714||34,610|
|Independent||Fidelma Healy Eames||2.7%||15,991||16,468||16,515||16,621||16,764||17,590||19,312||19,694||20,410|
|Direct Democracy||Patrick Greene||0.2%||1,352||1,400||1,412|
|Electorate: 1,224,888 Valid: 594,927 Spoilt: 21,628 (3.5%) Quota: 118,986 Turnout: 616,555 (50.3%)|
|Independent||Luke 'Ming' Flanagan||19.2||124,063||129,561|
|Sinn Féin||Matt Carthy||17.7||114,727||117,670||120,723||124,976||126,492||127,135||135,046|
|Fine Gael||Mairead McGuinness||14.2||92,080||94,019||102,025||107,689||135,698|
|Fianna Fáil||Pat "the Cope" Gallagher||9.2||59,562||60,466||62,071||65,725||67,606||68,440||102,915||106,245|
|Fianna Fáil||Thomas Byrne||8.6||55,384||56,528||58,505||62,335||63,392||64,057|
|Fine Gael||Jim Higgins||6.2||39,908||40,462||43,292||45,060|
|Direct Democracy||Ben Gilroy||1.2||7,683|
|Independent||T. J. Fay||0.3||2,002|
|Fís Nua||Cordelia Níc Fhearraigh||0.3||1,829|
|Electorate: 1,202,997 Valid: 646,445 Spoilt: 17,258 (1.4%) Quota: 129,290 Turnout: 663,703 (55.2%)|
- ^ Matt Carthy was substituted by Chris MacManus (SF / GUE/NGL) in February 2020.
- ^ Mairead McGuinness was substituted by Colm Markey (FG / EPP) in September 2020.
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