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South (European Parliament constituency)

South is a constituency of the European Parliament in Ireland. It elects 5 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) using proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote (PR-STV). The first four MEPs will sit as soon as the parliament assembles, while the fifth will not take her seat unless and until Brexit has taken effect.

South
European Parliament constituency
Map of the European Parliament constituencies with South highlighted in red
Location among the current constituencies
Ireland-South-European-Parliament-Constituency-2019.svg
South shown within Ireland (2019 borders)
Member stateIreland
Created2004
MEPs3 (2004–2014)
4 (2014–2019)
5 (2019–)[fn 1]
Sources
[1]

History and boundariesEdit

It was created in 2004 with the same area as the old Munster constituency, except for County Clare which was then in North-West.[1] It is sometimes referred to as Ireland South[2]. The area of constituency has increased twice.

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, South gained territory and an additional seat, from 4 to 5.[3][4][5] However, the last candidate elected will not take their seat until after the United Kingdom has withdrawn from the European Union.[6]

In 2016, 74.1% of the constituency's population lived in Munster, while the southern Leinster counties accounted for 25.9%.[7][8]

It comprises the counties of Carlow, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Kilkenny, Laois, Limerick, Offaly, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow; the cities of Cork, Limerick and Waterford.[5]

The main urban areas (by population size) are Cork, Limerick, Waterford, Bray, Kilkenny, Ennis, Carlow, Tralee, Tullamore, Port Laoise and Wexford.

Elections Area Seats
2004, 2009 Counties of Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford; and the cities of Cork, Limerick and Waterford. 3[1][9]
2014 Addition of counties Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford and Wicklow from East; and Clare from North-West. 4[10]
2019 Addition of counties Laois and Offaly from Midlands–North-West 5[fn 1][6][5]

MEPsEdit

 
2014–2019 boundaries
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) for South 2004–
Key to parties
Parl. Election Member
(Party)
Member
(Party)
Member
(Party)
Member
(Party)
Member
(Party)
6th 2004[11] Brian Crowley
(FF)
Simon Coveney
(FG)
Kathy Sinnott
(Ind)
3 seats
2004–2014
2007[fn 2] Colm Burke
(FG)
7th 2009[12] Seán Kelly
(FG)
Alan Kelly
(Lab)
2011[fn 3] Phil Prendergast
(Lab)
8th 2014[13] Liadh Ní Riada
(SF)
Deirdre Clune
(FG)
4 seats
2014–2019
9th 2019[14] Billy Kelleher
(FF)
Mick Wallace
(I4C)
Grace O'Sullivan
(GP)
Deirdre Clune[fn 1]
(FG)

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.

ElectionsEdit

2019 electionEdit

2019 European Parliament election: South[15][16][2][17][18]
Party Candidate FPv% Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8 Count 9 Count 10 Count 11 Count 12 Count 13 Count 14 Count 15 Count 16 Count 17 Count 18 Count 19 Count 20
Fine Gael Seán Kelly 16.47 118,446 118,491 118,677 118,775 119,125 119,382 119,547 119,717 119,885                      
Fianna Fáil Billy Kelleher 11.69 84,084 84,107 84,165 84,239 84,389 84,560 84,655 84,842 84,972 85,452 86,027 87,037 87,966 88,604 89,040 92,893 131,665      
Inds. 4 Change Mick Wallace 11.37 81,780 82,033 82,163 82,374 82,697 82,903 83,459 83,811 84,028 84,276 85,277 87,613 88,806 90,285 95,834 101,792 109,221 112,528 139,529  
Sinn Féin Liadh Ní Riada 10.99 78,995 79,062 79,204 79,309 79,494 79,662 79,864 80,165 80,292 80,732 81,721 82,839 83,790 84,892 87,214 91,727 95,446 98,248    
Green Party Grace O'Sullivan 10.56 75,887 75,986 76,188 76,314 76,584 76,658 76,959 77,243 77,355 77,694 78,757 80,050 80,645 81,932 84,671 93,037 95,996 98,606 114,287 119,701
Fianna Fáil Malcolm Byrne 9.62 69,167 69,202 69,273 69,317 69,383 69,512 69,557 69,673 70,899 71,169 71,843 72,134 72,854 73,783 74,371 80,624        
Fine Gael Deirdre Clune[fn 1] 8.98 64,605 64,631 64,692 64,764 64,900 65,006 65,116 65,253 65,559 66,050 66,733 67,277 67,899 69,096 69,566 89,755 97,956 101,047 110,085 112,162
Fine Gael Andrew Doyle 5.39 38,738 38,755 38,788 38,804 38,842 38,926 38,950 38,996 39,294 39,429 39,855 40,014 40,586 41,069 41,416          
Labour Party Sheila Nunan 3.07 22,082 22,120 22,200 22,259 22,329 22,391 22,461 22,634 22,708 22,901 23,527 23,857 24,342 24,943 25,969          
Solidarity–PBP Adrienne Wallace 2.06 14,810 14,966 15,017 15,216 15,362 15,403 15,795 16,116 16,217 16,387 16,917 17,407 17,736 18,485            
Independent Dolores Cahill 1.47 10,582 10,639 10,746 10,884 10,938 11,238 11,397 11,720 12,628 14,213 15,039 15,470 17,135              
Independent Diarmuid O'Flynn 1.37 9,828 9,865 9,941 9,995 10,179 10,231 10,399 10,613 10,661 10,948 11,157                  
Independent Liam Minehan 1.31 9,426 9,458 9,783 9,858 9,972 10,253 10,331 10,468 10,547 11,707 12,275 12,774                
Independent Breda Gardner 1.29 9,306 9,331 9,401 9,436 9,496 9,724 9,869 9,975 10,222 10,838                    
Independent Theresa Heaney 1.04 7,475 7,498 7,596 7,738 7,808 8,005 8,197 8,373 8,561                      
Independent Allan Brennan 0.65 4,665 4,691 4,734 4,791 4,841 4,956 5,028 5,132                        
Identity Ireland Peter O'Loughlin 0.51 3,685 3,762 3,806 3,922 4,009 4,050 4,184                          
Independent Colleen Worthington 0.46 3,285 3,306 3,319 3,551 3,653 3,713                            
Independent Paddy Fitzgerald 0.44 3,183 3,198 3,258 3,301 3,333                              
Independent Walter Ryan-Purcell 0.40 2,863 2,897 2,918 3,066                                
Independent Maurice Sexton 0.34 2,419 2,467 2,545                                  
Independent Peter Madden 0.33 2,397 2,411                                    
Direct Democracy Jan van de Ven 0.20 1,421                                      
Electorate: 1,417,017   Valid: 719,194   Spoilt: 36,793   Quota: 119,866   Turnout: 53.4%

Following a recheck of the votes for O'Sullivan and Ní Riada after the 18th count, a full recount was requested by the Sinn Féin candidate. Returning officer Martin Harvey announced that the recount would begin on 4 June. RTÉ reported that the recount could take up to 28 working days.[19] On 4 June, Ní Riada withdrew the request for a recount.[20] After the transfer of Ní Riada's votes and Mick Wallace's surplus, Grace O'Sullivan and Deirdre Clune were deemed elected, but Clune will not take office as an MEP until Brexit has taken effect.

2014 electionEdit

2014 European Parliament election: South[13]
Party Candidate FPv% Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8 Count 9 Count 10 Count 11 Count 12
Fianna Fáil Brian Crowley 27.4 180,329                      
Sinn Féin Liadh Ní Riada 19.1 125,309 129,957 130,840 132,590                
Fine Gael Seán Kelly 12.7 83,520 92,042 92,355 92,758 93,106 94,266 95,683 95,736 98,646 106,068 113,311 121,566
Fine Gael Deirdre Clune 7.2 47,453 51,850 52,097 52,295 52,798 54,081 55,293 55,340 58,311 64,889 69,009 74,370
Fine Gael Simon Harris 7.8 51,483 53,912 54,161 54,511 55,273 56,050 56,691 56,738 59,056 63,536 66,061 70,808
Fianna Fáil Kieran Hartley 4.6 29,987 50,349 50,653 50,953 51,475 52,481 54,475 54,559 56,746 59,722 64,357  
Independent Diarmuid O'Flynn 4.6 30,323 31,649 33,311 34,840 36,198 38,960 43,628 44,023 48,125 51,387    
Labour Party Phil Prendergast 4.6 30,317 32,360 32,664 33,147 33,560 34,150 34,874 34,939 42,213      
Green Party Grace O'Sullivan 4.2 27,860 29,360 29,999 31,075 31,962 32,829 34,443 34,607        
Catholic Democrats Theresa Heaney 2.1 13,569 14,677 15,159 15,655 17,016 19,114            
Independent Richard Cahill 1.6 10,719 11,661 12,408 13,152 15,310              
Independent Jillian Godsil 1.4 9,179 9,829 10,607 11,531                
Direct Democracy Jan van de Ven 1.4 9,255 9,586 10,125                  
Independent Peter O'Loughlin 1.0 6,561 7,000                    
Fís Nua Dónal Ó Ríordáin 0.2 1,634 1,766                    
Electorate: 1,221,683   Valid: 657,498   Spoilt: 21,798 (3.2%)   Quota: 131,500   Turnout: 679,296 (55.6%)

2009 electionEdit

2009 European Parliament election: South[12][21]
Party Candidate FPv% Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8
Fianna Fáil Brian Crowley 23.7 118,258 119,625 122,404 132,410        
Fine Gael Seán Kelly 18.6 92,579 94,430 96,153 97,482 98,394 134,712    
Labour Party Alan Kelly[fn 3] 12.9 64,152 66,121 69,683 70,309 70,991 78,651 83,921 105,597
Independent Kathy Sinnott 11.7 58,485 62,057 64,295 65,518 66,920 71,349 75,168 95,134
Sinn Féin Toiréasa Ferris 13.0 64,671 65,861 67,304 68,296 69,295 73,389 74,480  
Fine Gael Colm Burke 10.8 53,721 54,617 57,190 57,884 58,654      
Fianna Fáil Ned O'Keeffe 3.3 16,596 16,896 17,124          
Green Party Dan Boyle 3.1 15,499 16,250            
Independent Alexander Stafford 2.3 11,692              
Independent Maurice Sexton 0.5 2,474              
Electorate: 861,727   Valid: 498,127   Spoilt: 11,836 (2.3%)   Quota: 124,532   Turnout: 509,963 (59.2%)

2004 electionEdit

 
2004–2009 South constituency boundaries
2004 European Parliament election: South[11]
Party Candidate FPv% Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6
Fianna Fáil Brian Crowley 25.9 125,539          
Fine Gael Simon Coveney[fn 2] 24.6 118,937 120,261 120,537 121,332    
Independent Kathy Sinnott 18.4 89,127 89,872 90,175 92,010 97,057 120,600
Fianna Fáil Gerry Collins 15.1 73,131 74,991 75,246 75,577 78,367 87,658
Sinn Féin David Cullinane 6.7 32,643 32,848 32,977 33,561 35,385  
Labour Party Brendan Ryan 4.1 19,975 20,086 20,170 20,576 24,406  
Green Party Chris O'Leary 2.3 10,896 10,980 11,056 11,478    
Independent Gerry Hannan 1.3 6,394 6,428 6,551 6,934    
Independent Lily Moynihan 1.2 5,831 5,914 6,048      
Independent Anthony O'Connor 0.4 1,797 1,822        
Electorate: 802,359   Valid: 484,270   Spoilt: 14,124 (2.8%)   Quota: 121,068   Turnout: 498,394 (62.1%)

See alsoEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Deirdre Clune, the last candidate elected in 2019, will not take her seat unless the United Kingdom has left the EU, which is currently scheduled to occur on 31 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b Simon Coveney was substituted by Colm Burke (FG / EPP-ED) on 19 June 2007.
  3. ^ a b Alan Kelly was substituted by Phil Prendergast (Lab / S&D) on 21 April 2011.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "European Parliament Elections (Amendment) Act 2004, Section 4". Irish Statute Book. 27 February 2004. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b Leogue, Joe (4 March 2019). "FG's Doyle selected to run in European elections". Irish Examiner.
  3. ^ "Dublin and Ireland South to gain extra European Parliament seats". RTÉ News. 24 September 2018. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Report on European Parliament Constituencies 2018" (PDF). Constituency Commission. 24 September 2018. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  5. ^ a b c "European Parliament Elections (Amendment) Act 2019, Section 7". Irish Statute Book. 12 March 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  6. ^ a b "European Parliament Elections (Amendment) Act 2019, Section 6". Irish Statute Book. 12 March 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  7. ^ Census 2016
  8. ^ McGee, Harry (28 April 2014). "New European Parliament constituencies have Wonderland logic". The Irish Times.
  9. ^ "Electoral (Amendment) Act 2009, Section 8". Irish Statute Book. 24 February 2009. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  10. ^ "European Parliament Elections (Amendment) Act 2014, Section 3". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  11. ^ a b "2004 European Parliament election – South". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 22 March 2009.
  12. ^ a b "2009 European Parliament election – South". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 21 April 2009.
  13. ^ a b "2014 European Parliament election – South". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  14. ^ Tuesday; June 04; Pm, 2019-06:28 (4 June 2019). "Liadh Ní Riada concedes defeat in Ireland South elections". www.irishexaminer.com.
  15. ^ McMorrow, Conor (2 February 2019). "Runners and riders line up for Euro election race" – via www.rte.ie. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  16. ^ McGee, Harry (23 March 2019). "Fianna Fáil adds Kelleher to European ticket in Ireland South". The Irish Times.
  17. ^ Cork City Returning Officer. "Candidates for European Election 2019".
  18. ^ "South". RTÉ.
  19. ^ O'Sullivan, Jennie (30 May 2019). "Full recount in Ireland South could cost up to €1m". RTÉ News.
  20. ^ Tuesday; June 04; Pm, 2019-09:27 (4 June 2019). "Tuesday's Evening Round-Up: Ní Riada concedes, Rainfall warning and Taylor's homecoming". www.irishexaminer.com.
  21. ^ "Nominations close for Europe elections". RTÉ News. 11 May 2009. Retrieved 12 May 2009.

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