Connacht–Ulster (European Parliament constituency)
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Connacht–Ulster was a constituency of the European Parliament in Ireland between 1979 and 2004. Throughout its history, it elected 3 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) using the single transferable vote (STV) system.
Although the constituency was abolished in 2004, Connacht-Ulster is still often used when analysing election results by region, as in this analysis of the results by region of the 2018 referendum to legalise abortion.[dubious ]
History and boundaries
The constituency was created in 1979 for the first direct elections to the European Parliament. It comprised the counties of Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo from the historic province of Connacht together with the Ulster counties of Cavan, Donegal, and Monaghan. It was abolished under the European Parliament Elections (Amendment) Act 2004 and succeeded by the new North-West constituency.
|Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) for Connacht–Ulster 1979–2009|
|4th||1994||Pat "the Cope" Gallagher|
|5th||1999||Dana Rosemary Scallon|
|2002||Seán Ó Neachtain|
|6th||2004||Constituency abolished. See North-West.|
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.
|1999 European Parliament election: Connacht–Ulster|
|Party||Candidate||FPv%||Count 1||Count 2||Count 3||Count 4||Count 5||Count 6|
|Fianna Fáil||Pat "the Cope" Gallagher||20.6||66,055||66,381||66,902||72,673||98,258|
|Fine Gael||Joe McCartin||19.9||63,632||63,811||64,506||68,388||72,764||75,275|
|Independent||Dana Rosemary Scallon||16.0||51,086||51,366||52,802||59,444||67,887||72,855|
|Fianna Fáil||Noel Treacy||15.0||47,933||48,060||48,470||51,544|
|Sinn Féin||Seán MacManus||6.4||20,457||20,571||20,801|
|Labour Party||Gerard Gibbons||3.3||10,522||10,827||10,972|
|Independent||Luke 'Ming' Flanagan||1.6||5,000||5,539||5,650|
|Natural Law||Paul Campbell||0.6||1,920|
|Electorate: 541,552 Valid: 320,151 Spoilt: 12,085 (3.6%) Quota: 80,038 Turnout: 332,236 (61.4%)|
Mark Killilea retired and his seat was gained by Independent Dana Rosemary Scallon.
|1994 European Parliament election: Connacht–Ulster|
|Fianna Fáil||Pat "the Cope" Gallagher||53,171||22.9||1||4|
|Fianna Fáil||Mark Killilea||45,638||19.6||2||5|
|Fine Gael||Joe McCartin||38,039||16.4||3||5|
|Fine Gael||Jim Higgins||30,947||13.3|
|Labour Party||Ann Gallagher||19,826||8.5|
|Progressive Democrats||Bobby Molloy||21,219||9.1|
|Sinn Féin||Pat Doherty||13,939||6.0|
|Green Party||Richard Douthwaite||8,628||3.7|
|Natural Law||Mary Louise Lacey||1,223||0.5|
|Electorate: 496,352 Valid: 232,630 Spoilt: 4,971 (2.1%) Quota: 58,158 Turnout: 237,601 (47.9%)|
Pat "the Cope" Gallagher of Fianna Fáil gained the seat vacated by Neil Blaney.
|1989 European Parliament election: Connacht–Ulster|
|Fine Gael||Joe McCartin||46,523||14.9||1||9|
|Independent Fianna Fáil||Neil Blaney||52,852||16.9||2||9|
|Fianna Fáil||Mark Killilea||53,842||17.2||3||9|
|Fianna Fáil||Seán Doherty||48,288||15.5|
|Progressive Democrats||Bobby Molloy||40,476||13.0|
|Fine Gael||Paddy Harte||30,745||9.8|
|Fine Gael||Angela Lupton||10,165||3.3|
|Sinn Féin||Pat Doherty||7,716||2.5|
|Workers' Party||Jimmy Brick||6,173||2.0|
|Sinn Féin||Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin||4,969||1.6|
|Labour Party||Ivan McPhillips||4,759||1.5|
|Workers' Party||Seamus Rodgers||4,097||1.3|
|Sinn Féin||Dermot Guy||1,697||0.5|
|Electorate: 464,661 Valid: 312,302 Spoilt: 10,362 (3.2%) Quota: 78,076 Turnout: 322,664 (69.4%)|
Neil Blaney regained his seat at the expense of Fianna Fáil.
|1984 European Parliament election: Connacht–Ulster|
|Fianna Fáil||Ray MacSharry||56,803||24.1||1||7|
|Fine Gael||Joe McCartin||51,164||21.7||2||8|
|Fianna Fáil||Seán Flanagan||40,760||17.3||3||9|
|Independent Fianna Fáil||Neil Blaney||32,504||13.8|
|Fine Gael||Joseph Murrin||20,107||8.5|
|Sinn Féin||Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin||6,103||2.6|
|Labour Party||Michael D. Higgins||8,337||3.5|
|Fine Gael||Pól Ó Foighil||7,144||3.0|
|Sinn Féin||Eddie Fullerton||5,771||2.5|
|Sinn Féin||Mary McGing||4,176||1.8|
|Workers' Party||Jimmy Brick||2,612||1.1|
|Electorate: 471,577 Valid: 235,481 Spoilt: 5,763 (2.4%) Quota: 58,871 Turnout: 241,244 (51.2%)|
Neil Blaney lost his seat to Ray MacSharry of Fianna Fáil.
|1979 European Parliament election: Connacht–Ulster|
|Independent Fianna Fáil||Neil Blaney||81,522||26.6||1||1|
|Fianna Fáil||Seán Flanagan||38,233||12.5||2||7|
|Fine Gael||Joe McCartin||47,519||15.5||3||7|
|Fine Gael||Patrick Cooney||33,360||10.9|
|Fianna Fáil||Jim Doolan||27,739||9.1|
|Fine Gael||Myles Staunton||32,485||10.6|
|Fianna Fáil||Sean McEniff||25,774||8.4|
|Labour Party||Michael D. Higgins||13,062||4.3|
|Sinn Féin - The Workers' Party||Tony Coffey||3,329||1.1|
|Sinn Féin - The Workers' Party||Séamus Rodgers||2,696||0.9|
|Electorate: 442,471 Valid: 306,166 Spoilt: 14,547 (4.5%) Quota: 76,542 Turnout: 320,713 (72.5%)|
- "Referendum 2018". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. May 2018. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
- "European Assembly Elections Act, 1977: Schedule (Constituencies)". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
- "European Parliament Elections (Amendment) Act 2004: Schedule (Constituencies)". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
- "1979 European Parliament election result – Connacht–Ulster constituency". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 22 March 2009.
- "1984 European Parliament election result – Connacht–Ulster constituency". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 22 March 2009.
- Ray MacSharry resigned on 10 March 1987 and was substituted by Mark Killilea (FF / EDA) on 24 March 1987.
- "1989 European Parliament election result – Connacht–Ulster constituency". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 22 March 2009.
- "1994 European Parliament election result – Connacht–Ulster constituency". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 22 March 2009.
- "1999 European Parliament election result – Connacht–Ulster constituency". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 22 March 2009.
- Pat "the Cope" Gallagher was substituted by Seán Ó Neachtain (FF / UEN) on 2 July 2002, following the 2002 general election.