Emer Costello

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Emer Costello
Emer Costello, Member of European Parliament for Labour and the Socialists and Democrats.jpg
Member of the European Parliament
In office
30 February 2012 – 24 May 2014
Lord Mayor of Dublin
In office
15 June 2009 – 26 June 2010
Preceded byEibhlin Byrne
Succeeded byGerry Breen
Dublin City Councillor
In office
14 July 2003 – 22 February 2012
ConstituencyNorth Inner City
Personal details
BornEmer Anne Malone
(1962-09-03) 3 September 1962 (age 56)
Drogheda, Louth, Ireland
Political partyLabour Party
Spouse(s)Joe Costello (m. 1994)
RelationsMary Moran (Sister)
Alma materUniversity College Dublin
WebsiteOfficial website

Emer Anne Costello (née Malone; born 3 September 1962) is an Irish Labour Party politician who served as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Dublin constituency from 2012 to 2014, Lord Mayor of Dublin from 2009 to 2010 and a Dublin City Councillor for the North Inner City area from 2003 to 2012.

A native of County Louth she has a B.A. and a H.Dip. in Education from University College Dublin.

She was first co-opted onto Dublin City Council as a member for the North Inner City area in 2003 to replace her husband, Joe Costello, who resigned following the end of the dual mandate. She was elected in 2004 and re-elected in June 2009.[1] She was elected Lord Mayor of Dublin by a unanimous vote of the city council at its annual meeting on 15 June 2009, with the support of Fine Gael and the Green Party.

Costello has observed international elections in Cambodia, South Africa and Bosnia and Herzgovina.[2]

Her sister is former Senator Mary Moran.[3]

Costello replaced Proinsias De Rossa in the European Parliament when he resigned as a MEP in February 2012.[4] She lost her seat at the 2014 European Parliament election.


  1. ^ "Emer Costello". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 7 September 2008.
  2. ^ "Emer Costello – Biography". Labour.ie. Archived from the original on 15 May 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2011.
  3. ^ Anderson, Nicola (28 February 2011). "Half the room went wild". Irish Independent. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Prionsias De Rossa to step down as MEP". RTÉ News. Retrieved 16 January 2012.

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Civic offices
Preceded by
Eibhlin Byrne
Lord Mayor of Dublin
Succeeded by
Gerry Breen
European Parliament
Preceded by
Proinsias De Rossa
Member of the European Parliament for Dublin
Succeeded by
Nessa Childers