South (European Parliament constituency)
|European Parliament constituency|
Location among the 2014 constituencies
South shown within Ireland
South is a constituency of the European Parliament in Ireland. It elects 5 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) using proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote (PR-STV).
History and boundaries
It was created in 2004 with the same area as the old Munster constituency, except for County Clare which was then in North-West. It is sometimes incorrectly referred to in the media as Ireland South or South Ireland. The area of constituency has increased twice.
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, South gained territory and an additional seat, from 4 to 5. However, the last candidate elected will not take their seat until after the United Kingdom has withdrawn from the European Union.
74.1% of the constituency's population live in Munster, while the southern Leinster counties account for 25.9%. The main urban areas (by population size) are Cork, Limerick, Waterford, Bray, Kilkenny, Ennis, Carlow, Tralee, Tullamore, Port Laoise and Wexford.
|2004, 2009||Counties of Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford; and the cities of Cork, Limerick and Waterford.||3|
|2014||Addition of counties Carlow, Clare, Kilkenny, Wexford and Wicklow from East||4|
|2019||Addition of counties Laois and Offaly from Midlands–North-West||5*|
|Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) for South 2004–|
|8th||2014||Liadh Ní Riada
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 European Parliament election: South|
|Party||Candidate||% 1st Pref||Count 1|
|Fianna Fáil||Malcolm Byrne|
|Fine Gael||Deirdre Clune|
|Fine Gael||Andrew Doyle|
|Fianna Fáil||Billy Kelleher|
|Fine Gael||Seán Kelly|
|Sinn Féin||Liadh Ní Riada|
|Labour Party||Sheila Nunan|
|Green Party||Grace O'Sullivan|
|Direct Democracy||Jan van de Ven|
|People Before Profit||Adrienne Wallace|
|Inds. 4 Change||Mick Wallace|
|2014 European Parliament election: South|
|Party||Candidate||% 1st Pref||Count 1||Count 2||Count 3||Count 4||Count 5||Count 6||Count 7||Count 8||Count 9||Count 10||Count 11||Count 12|
|Fianna Fáil||Brian Crowley||27.4||180,329|
|Sinn Féin||Liadh Ní Riada||19.1||125,309||129,957||130,840||132,590|
|Fine Gael||Seán Kelly||12.7||83,520||92,042||92,355||92,758||93,106||94,266||95,683||95,736||98,646||106,068||113,311||121,566|
|Fine Gael||Deirdre Clune||7.2||47,453||51,850||52,097||52,295||52,798||54,081||55,293||55,340||58,311||64,889||69,009||74,370|
|Fine Gael||Simon Harris||7.8||51,483||53,912||54,161||54,511||55,273||56,050||56,691||56,738||59,056||63,536||66,061||70,808|
|Fianna Fáil||Kieran Hartley||4.6||29,987||50,349||50,653||50,953||51,475||52,481||54,475||54,559||56,746||59,722||64,357|
|Labour Party||Phil Prendergast||4.6||30,317||32,360||32,664||33,147||33,560||34,150||34,874||34,939||42,213|
|Green Party||Grace O'Sullivan||4.2||27,860||29,360||29,999||31,075||31,962||32,829||34,443||34,607|
|Catholic Democrats||Theresa Heaney||2.1||13,569||14,677||15,159||15,655||17,016||19,114|
|Direct Democracy||Jan van de Ven||1.4||9,255||9,586||10,125|
|Fís Nua||Dónal Ó Ríordáin||0.2||1,634||1,766|
|Electorate: 1,221,683 Valid: 657,498 Spoilt: 21,798 (3.2%) Quota: 131,500 Turnout: 679,296 (55.6%)|
|2009 European Parliament election: South|
|Party||Candidate||% 1st Pref||Count 1||Count 2||Count 3||Count 4||Count 5||Count 6||Count 7||Count 8|
|Fianna Fáil||Brian Crowley||23.7||118,258||119,625||122,404||132,410|
|Fine Gael||Seán Kelly||18.6||92,579||94,430||96,153||97,482||98,394||134,712|
|Labour Party||Alan Kelly||12.9||64,152||66,121||69,683||70,309||70,991||78,651||83,921||105,597|
|Sinn Féin||Toiréasa Ferris||13.0||64,671||65,861||67,304||68,296||69,295||73,389||74,480|
|Fine Gael||Colm Burke||10.8||53,721||54,617||57,190||57,884||58,654|
|Fianna Fáil||Ned O'Keeffe||3.3||16,596||16,896||17,124|
|Green Party||Dan Boyle||3.1||15,499||16,250|
|Electorate: 861,727 Valid: 498,127 Spoilt: 11,836 (2.3%) Quota: 124,532 Turnout: 509,963 (59.2%)|
|2004 European Parliament election: South|
|Party||Candidate||% 1st Pref||Count 1||Count 2||Count 3||Count 4||Count 5||Count 6|
|Fianna Fáil||Brian Crowley||25.9||125,539|
|Fine Gael||Simon Coveney||24.6||118,937||120,261||120,537||121,332|
|Fianna Fáil||Gerry Collins||15.1||73,131||74,991||75,246||75,577||78,367||87,658|
|Sinn Féin||David Cullinane||6.7||32,643||32,848||32,977||33,561||35,385|
|Labour Party||Brendan Ryan||4.1||19,975||20,086||20,170||20,576||24,406|
|Green Party||Chris O'Leary||2.3||10,896||10,980||11,056||11,478|
|Electorate: 802,359 Valid: 484,270 Spoilt: 14,124 (2.8%) Quota: 121,068 Turnout: 498,394 (62.1%)|
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