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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).

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–)
Sources
[1]

Contents

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from 4 to 5.[3][4][5] However, the last candidate elected will not take their seat until after the United Kingdom has withdrawn from the European Union.[6]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 Cork, Carlow, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Kilkenny, Laois, Limerick, Offaly, Tipperary, 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[n 1] [6][5]
  1. ^ The last candidate elected in 2019 will not take their seat unless the United Kingdom has left the EU, which is currently scheduled to occur on 31 October 2019.

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[12] Colm Burke
(FG)
7th 2009[13] Seán Kelly
(FG)
Alan Kelly
(Lab)
2011[14] Phil Prendergast
(Lab)
8th 2014[15] Liadh Ní Riada
(SF)
Deirdre Clune
(FG)
4 seats
2014–2019

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 electionEdit

2019 European Parliament election: South[16][17][2][18]
Party Candidate % 1st Pref Count 1
Independent Allan Brennan  
Fianna Fáil Malcolm Byrne  
Independent Dolores Cahill  
Fine Gael Deirdre Clune  
Fine Gael Andrew Doyle  
Independent Paddy Fitzgerald  
Independent Breda Gardner  
Independent Theresa Heaney  
Fianna Fáil Billy Kelleher  
Fine Gael Seán Kelly  
Independent Peter Madden  
Independent Liam Minehan  
Sinn Féin Liadh Ní Riada  
Labour Party Sheila Nunan  
Independent Diarmuid O'Flynn  
Identity Ireland Peter O'Loughlin  
Green Party Grace O'Sullivan  
Independent Walter Ryan-Purcell  
Independent Maurice Sexton  
Direct Democracy Jan van de Ven  
Solidarity–PBP Adrienne Wallace  
Inds. 4 Change Mick Wallace  
Independent Colleen Worthington  

Opinion polling (first preference)Edit

Last day of polling Pollster Margin
of error
Sample
size
Kelly
FG
Ní Riada
SF
Kelleher
FF
Clune
FG
Byrne
FF
Doyle
FG
Wallace
I4C
Nunan
Lab
O'Sullivan
GP
Gardner
Ind
Other
8 May 2019 Ipsos MRBI/Irish Times[19] ± 4.4% 500 18% 14% 13% 10% 10% 9% 8% 5% 5% 2% 6%

2014 electionEdit

2014 European Parliament election: South[15]
Party Candidate % 1st Pref 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[13][20]
Party Candidate % 1st Pref 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[14] 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 % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6
Fianna Fáil Brian Crowley 25.9 125,539          
Fine Gael Simon Coveney[12] 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

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. "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 Simon Coveney was substituted by Colm Burke (FG / EPP-ED) on 19 June 2007.
  13. ^ a b "2009 European Parliament election – South". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 21 April 2009.
  14. ^ a b Alan Kelly was substituted by Phil Prendergast (Lab / S&D) on 21 April 2011.
  15. ^ a b "2014 European Parliament election – South". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  16. ^ McMorrow, Conor (2 February 2019). "Runners and riders line up for Euro election race" – via www.rte.ie.
  17. ^ McGee, Harry (23 March 2019). "Fianna Fáil adds Kelleher to European ticket in Ireland South". The Irish Times.
  18. ^ Cork City Returning Officer. "Candidates for European Election 2019".
  19. ^ Leahy, Pat (10 May 2019). "Irish Times poll shows FG on track to top European constituencies". The Irish Times. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  20. ^ "Nominations close for Europe elections". RTÉ News. 11 May 2009. Retrieved 12 May 2009.

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