Midlands–North-West (European Parliament constituency)
|European Parliament constituency|
Location among the 2014 constituencies
Midlands–North-West shown within Ireland
Midlands–North-West is a constituency of the European Parliament in Ireland. It elects four Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) using the single transferable vote form of proportional representation (PR-STV).
History and boundaries
The Constituency Commission proposed in its 2013 report that at the next European Parliament election a new constituency called Midlands–North-West be created. The report proposed changes to the constituencies of Ireland so as to reduce the total number of MEPs from 12 to 11, due to the accession of Croatia to the European Union.
The constituency comprises the counties of Cavan, Donegal, Galway, Kildare, Laois, Leitrim, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo and Westmeath; and the city of Galway. It comprises all the area of the old North-West constituency, with the exception of County Clare which was moved to the South constituency; as well the northern and central Leinster part of the East constituency.
The Irish Times criticised the wide geographic spread of the constituency, calling it "a heterogeneous mish-mash of counties with little historic or cultural connection to each other." It was nicknamed "Malin M50" for its wide spread, from the suburbs of Dublin to the Atlantic seaboard.
For the 2019 European Parliament election, Ireland is gaining two seats as a result of Brexit and the departure of the UK's 73 MEPs. The Constituency Commission has proposed that counties Laois and Offaly be moved to the South constituency, but Midlands–North-West remains a 4 seater.
|Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) for Midlands–North-West 2014–|
|8th||2014||Luke 'Ming' Flanagan
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.
|2014 European Parliament election: Midlands–North-West|
|Party||Candidate||% 1st Pref||Count 1||Count 2||Count 3||Count 4||Count 5||Count 6||Count 7||Count 8|
|Independent||Luke 'Ming' Flanagan||19.2||124,063||129,561|
|Fine Gael||Mairead McGuinness||14.2||92,080||94,019||102,025||107,689||135,698|
|Sinn Féin||Matt Carthy||17.7||114,727||117,670||120,723||124,976||126,492||127,135||135,046|
|Fianna Fáil||Pat "the Cope" Gallagher||9.2||59,562||60,466||62,071||65,725||67,606||68,440||102,915||106,245|
|Fianna Fáil||Thomas Byrne||8.6||55,384||56,528||58,505||62,335||63,392||64,057|
|Fine Gael||Jim Higgins||6.2||39,908||40,462||43,292||45,060|
|Labour Party||Lorraine Higgins||4.9||31,951||33,744|
|Green Party||Mark Dearey||1.5||9,520|
|Direct Democracy||Ben Gilroy||1.2||7,683|
|Independent||T. J. Fay||0.3||2,002|
|Fís Nua||Cordelia Níc Fhearraigh||0.3||1,829|
|Electorate: 1,202,997 Valid: 646,445 Spoilt: 17,258 (1.4%) Quota: 129,290 Turnout: 663,703 (55.2%)|
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