Midlands–North-West (European Parliament constituency)

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Midlands–North-West
European Parliament constituency
Map of the European Parliament constituencies with Midlands–North-West highlighted in red
Location among the current constituencies
Ireland-Midlands-North-West-European-Parliament-Constituency-2019.svg
Midlands–North-West shown within Ireland (2019 borders)
Member stateIreland
Created2014
MEPs4
Sources
[1]

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[edit]

Election Area Seats
2014 Counties of Cavan, Donegal, Galway, Kildare, Laois, Leitrim, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo and Westmeath; and the city of Galway.[1] 4
2019 Loss of Laois and Offaly to South[2]

The Constituency Commission proposed in its 2013 report that at the next European Parliament election a new constituency called Midlands–North-West be created, consisting 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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

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, counties Laois and Offaly were moved to the South constituency, with Midlands–North-West maintaining its 4 seats.[6][7]

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.[2]

The main urban areas of Midlands–North-West (by population size) are Galway, Drogheda, Dundalk, Navan, Newbridge, Naas, Athlone, Mullingar, Celbridge and Letterkenny.

MEPs[edit]

2014–2019 boundaries
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) for Midlands–North-West 2014–
Key to parties
Parl. Election Member
(Party)
Member
(Party)
Member
(Party)
Member
(Party)
8th 2014[8] Luke 'Ming' Flanagan
(Ind)
Mairead McGuinness
(FG)
Matt Carthy
(SF)
Marian Harkin
(Ind)

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 election[edit]

2019 European Parliament election: Midlands–North-West[9]
Party Candidate % 1st Pref Count 1
Solidarity–PBP Cyril Brennan  
Sinn Féin Matt Carthy  
Independent Peter Casey  
Independent Luke 'Ming' Flanagan  
Direct Democracy Patrick Greene  
Labour Party Dominic Hannigan  
Independent Fidelma Healy Eames  
Independent Dilip Mahapatra  
Independent James Miller  
Independent Diarmaid Mulcahy  
Fine Gael Mairead McGuinness  
Green Party Saoirse McHugh  
Independent Olive O'Connor  
Renua Michael O'Dowd  
Fianna Fáil Anne Rabbitte  
Fianna Fáil Brendan Smith  
Fine Gael Maria Walsh  

2014 election[edit]

2014 European Parliament election: Midlands–North-West[8]
Party Candidate % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8
Independent Luke 'Ming' Flanagan[10] 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  
Independent Marian Harkin 10.7 68,986 72,045 77,798 89,611 95,577 99,843 105,501 106,520
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        
Independent Rónán Mullen 5.6 36,326 38,260 41,164          
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 Mark Fitzsimons[11] 0.4 2,424              
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%)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "European Parliament Elections (Amendment) Act 2014". Irish Statute Book database. 5 February 2014. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b "European Parliament Elections (Amendment) Act 2019". Irish Statute Book. 12 March 2019. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Report on European Parliament Constituencies 2013" (PDF). Constituency Commission. 25 September 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
  4. ^ "New Irish MEP constituencies announced". RTÉ News. 25 September 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Illogical constituencies to make for unpredictable Euro election". The Irish Times. 3 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Dublin and Ireland South to gain extra European Parliament seats". RTÉ News. 24 September 2018. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Report on European Parliament Constituencies 2018" (PDF). Constituency Commission. 24 September 2018. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  8. ^ a b "2014 European Parliament election – Midlands–North-West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  9. ^ "Candidates for European election". Mayo Returning Officer. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Luke 'Ming' Flanagan to stand in European election". The Irish Times. 21 March 2014. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
  11. ^ "Mark launches Euro election campaign after 'whirlwind response' to cannabis stance". Dundalk Democrat. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2014.