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.
|European Parliament constituency|
Location among the current constituencies
South shown within Ireland (2019 borders)
5 (2019–)[fn 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. It is sometimes referred to as Ireland South. 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. However, the last candidate elected will not take their seat until after the United Kingdom has withdrawn from the European Union.
|2004, 2009||Counties of Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford; and the cities of Cork, Limerick and Waterford.||3|
|2014||Addition of counties Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford and Wicklow from East; and Clare from North-West.||4|
|2019||Addition of counties Laois and Offaly from Midlands–North-West||5[fn 1]|
|Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) for South 2004–|
|2007[fn 2]||Colm Burke|
|2011[fn 3]||Phil Prendergast|
|8th||2014||Liadh Ní Riada
|Deirdre Clune[fn 1]|
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.
|2019 European Parliament election: South|
|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|
|Identity Ireland||Peter O'Loughlin||0.51||3,685||3,762||3,806||3,922||4,009||4,050||4,184|
|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. On 4 June, Ní Riada withdrew the request for a recount. 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 European Parliament election: South|
|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|
|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|
|Direct Democracy||Jan van de Ven||1.4||9,255||9,586||10,125|
|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 European Parliament election: South|
|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|
|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|
|Electorate: 861,727 Valid: 498,127 Spoilt: 11,836 (2.3%) Quota: 124,532 Turnout: 509,963 (59.2%)|
|2004 European Parliament election: South|
|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|
|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|
|Electorate: 802,359 Valid: 484,270 Spoilt: 14,124 (2.8%) Quota: 121,068 Turnout: 498,394 (62.1%)|
- 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.
- Simon Coveney was substituted by Colm Burke (FG / EPP-ED) on 19 June 2007.
- Alan Kelly was substituted by Phil Prendergast (Lab / S&D) on 21 April 2011.
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