2019 European Parliament election in Ireland
All 13 Irish seats to the European Parliament
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|List of women MEPs|
The 2019 European Parliament election in Ireland is the Irish component of the 2019 European Parliament election and will be held on Friday, 24 May 2019, on the same day as the 2019 local elections. The election will be conducted in three constituencies under the single transferable vote (STV). Thirteen MEPs will be elected, although two will be designated as not to take their seats until Brexit has taken legal effect.
A Constituency Commission chaired by High Court judge Robert Haughton was established by the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government in July 2018 to redraw constituencies in line with this in seats.
- Dublin gains an extra seat from 3 to 4; with no boundary changes.
- South gains an extra seat from 4 to 5, and gains counties Laois and Offaly from Midlands–North-West.
- Midlands–North-West loses Laois and Offaly to South, but remains a 4 seater.
The European Parliament Elections (Amendment) Act 2019 enacted the changes recommended by the Constituency Commission. It also provided that the last candidate elected in the Dublin and South constituencies would be noted by the returning officer and that they would not take up their seats until a date has been specified by the European Parliament.
The United Kingdom invoked Article 50 to withdraw from the European Union on 29 March 2017 following the 2016 referendum to leave the European Union. As Article 50 has a two-year period for withdrawal, the United Kingdom would not be part of the 2019 European Parliament election scheduled for May 2019. In July 2018, the European Council made a decision to redistribute a number of the seats from the United Kingdom to other member states. The allocation of MEPs from Ireland increased from 11 to 13. In the event that the United Kingdom is still a member of the EU at the beginning of the 2019–2024 parliamentary term, the allocation of seats will remain as it was in the previous parliament, until its withdrawal becomes legally effective.
The two seats to be withheld will be the two added since 2014, namely the fourth seat in Dublin and fifth seat in South. There was confusion about how this would be implemented, given Ireland's STV electoral system. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar hinted that two parallel count processes might be used in each constituency: for example, Dublin would first fill three seats using a quota of one-quarter of the votes plus one, then start again and fill four seats with a quota of one-fifth plus one. On 18 April Eoghan Murphy, the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, clarified that there would be only one count process per constituency, using the larger number of seats, and that the final candidate to be deemed elected would be the one whose seat would be withheld until the UK MEPs have withdrawn.
The following MEPs have announced that they will not be seeking re-election:
|Constituency||Departing MEP||Party||First elected||Date announced|
|Dublin||Nessa Childers||Independent||2009||18 July 2017|
|South||Brian Crowley||Fianna Fáil||1994||17 January 2019|
|Dublin||Brian Hayes||Fine Gael||2014||6 November 2018|
|Midlands–North-West||Marian Harkin||Independent||2004||1 April 2019|
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