Leinster (European Parliament constituency)


Leinster was a constituency of the European Parliament in Ireland between 1979 and 2004. It elected 3 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in the 1979, 1984 and 1989 elections and 4 MEPs in the elections of 1994 and 1999 using the single transferable vote form of proportional representation (PR-STV).

Leinster
European Parliament constituency
Shown within Ireland
Member stateIreland
Created1979
Dissolved2004
MEPs3 (1979–1994)
4 (1994–2004)
Sources

History and boundaries


The constituency was created in 1979 for the first direct elections to the European Parliament. It comprised the counties of Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow from the historic province of Leinster excluding the County Dublin area.[1] It was abolished under the European Parliament Elections (Amendment) Act 2004 and succeeded by the new East constituency.[2]

MEPs


Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) for Leinster 19792009
Key to parties
Parl.ElectionMember
(Party)
Member
(Party)
Member
(Party)
Member
(Party)
1st1979[3] Mark Clinton
(FG)
Patrick Lalor
(FF)
Liam Kavanagh
(Lab)
3 seats
until 1994
1981[4] Séamus Pattison
(Lab)
1983[4] Justin Keating
(Lab)
2nd1984[5] Jim Fitzsimons
(FF)
3rd1989[6] Patrick Cooney
(FG)
4th1994[7] Alan Gillis
(FG)
Liam Hyland
(FF)
Nuala Ahern
(GP)
5th1999[8] Avril Doyle
(FG)
6th2004 Constituency abolished. See East.

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.

Elections


1999 election

1999 European Parliament election: Leinster[8]
PartyCandidateFPv%Count
123
Fine Gael Avril Doyle 19.8 67,881 69,495  
Fianna Fáil Jim Fitzsimons 17.2 58,750 61,439 66,117
Fianna Fáil Liam Hyland 17.1 58,477 61,931 65,496
Fine Gael Alan Gillis 14.2 48,729 50,040 56,881
Green Nuala Ahern 13.8 47,184 52,618 66,808
Labour Seán Butler 11.1 38,112 40,849  
Sinn Féin Arthur Morgan 5.9 20,015    
Natural Law Desmond Garrett 0.9 3,191    
Electorate: 706,200   Valid: 342,339   Spoilt: 14,725 (4.1%)   Quota: 68,468   Turnout: 357,064 (50.6%)

    Alan Gillis lost his seat to his party running mate Avril Doyle.

    1994 election

    1994 European Parliament election: Leinster[9][10]
    PartyCandidateFPv%Count
    1234567
    Fianna Fáil Liam Hyland 17.7 46,448 46,737 47,255 48,238 49,236 51,543 54,161
    Fine Gael Alan Gillis 16.3 42,826 43,156 43,346 43,793 47,112 48,309 50,896
    Fianna Fáil Jim Fitzsimons 15.8 41,375 41,611 42,516 43,684 44,802 45,626 50,263
    Green Nuala Ahern 11.8 30,997 32,302 33,849 35,712 37,946 39,297 45,821
    Fine Gael Monica Barnes 11.4 29,958 30,235 30,448 30,949 33,692 35,070 39,518
    Labour Michael Bell 8.8 22,987 23,186 23,815 24,442 25,366 34,926  
    Labour Séamus Pattison 6.7 17,580 17,869 18,140 18,478 18,953    
    Progressive Democrats John Dardis 4.8 12,591 12,919 13,052 13,472      
    Independent Jack Fitzsimons 2.6 6,752 7,262 7,802        
    Sinn Féin Lucilita Bhreatnach 2.5 6,523 6,627          
    Independent Peter Sweetman 1.2 3,228            
    Natural Law Tom Mullins 0.5 1,180            
    Electorate: 624,561   Valid: 262,445   Spoilt: 6,599 (2.5%)   Quota: 52,490   Turnout: 269,044 (43.1%)

      Alan Gillis replaced his party colleague Patrick Cooney who had stepped down. The Green Party gained the additional seat.

      1989 election

      1989 European Parliament election: Leinster[11][12]
      PartyCandidateFPv%Count
      1234567891011
      Fianna Fáil Patrick Lalor 20.0 75,627 75,715 75,856 76,198 76,370 76,914 78,753 81,555 85,090 88,868 90,473
      Fine Gael Patrick Cooney 17.4 65,775 65,926 65,962 66,430 66,504 66,733 67,963 71,289 82,701 112,060  
      Fianna Fáil Jim Fitzsimons 16.9 63,797 63,906 63,994 64,344 64,528 65,214 66,474 69,639 72,739 74,004 75,249
      Labour Michael Bell 13.2 49,766 49,870 49,954 50,298 50,537 51,104 55,754 61,606 65,668 68,015 75,239
      Fine Gael Charles McDonald 9.5 35,792 35,863 35,944 36,063 36,168 36,367 37,910 39,962 46,931    
      Progressive Democrats John Dardis 8.4 31,623 31,730 31,789 32,159 32,194 32,393 33,703 37,490      
      Green Seán English 6.3 23,724 23,922 23,992 24,309 24,401 25,162 27,199        
      Workers' Party Michael Enright 2.5 9,451 9,731 9,797 9,982 10,093 10,703          
      Workers' Party Catherine Murphy 1.9 7,089 7,125 7,321 7,413 7,684 8,155          
      Sinn Féin Kevin Dunphy 1.2 4,534 4,620 5,036 5,329 7,393            
      Independent Kevin Boland 0.9 3,362 3,462 3,496                
      Sinn Féin Pearse McGeough 0.8 3,001 3,009 3,863 3,930              
      Sinn Féin Terry Moore 0.6 2,424 2,438                  
      Independent Cornelius de Groot 0.4 1,626                    
      Electorate: 571,694   Valid: 377,591   Spoilt: 14,106 (3.6%)   Quota: 94,398   Turnout: 391,697 (68.5%)

        Mark Clinton stepped down and was replaced by his party colleague Patrick Cooney.

        1984 election

        1984 European Parliament election: Leinster[13][14]
        PartyCandidateFPv%Count
        1234
        Fine Gael Mark Clinton 23.8 61,669 63,159 92,091  
        Fianna Fáil Jim Fitzsimons 22.1 57,321 60,028 60,994 63,935
        Fianna Fáil Patrick Lalor 21.7 56,191 59,180 59,928 61,277
        Fine Gael Deirdre Bolger 12.8 33,208 34,570    
        Labour Justin Keating 11.9 30,773 35,308 37,756 53,552
        Workers' Party Liz McManus 3.5 8,943      
        Sinn Féin Martin Sharkey 1.8 4,548      
        Sinn Féin John Carroll 1.7 4,396      
        Sinn Féin James Dwyer 0.9 2,245      
        Electorate: 545,878   Valid: 259,294   Spoilt: 9,197 (3.4%)   Quota: 64,824   Turnout: 268,491 (49.2%)

          Justin Keating lost his seat to Jim Fitzsimmons of Fianna Fáil.

          1979 election

          1979 European Parliament election: Leinster[15][16]
          PartyCandidateFPv%Count
          12345
          Fine Gael Mark Clinton 25.7 78,762        
          Fianna Fáil Patrick Lalor 20.2 62,094 63,538 65,267 77,790  
          Labour Liam Kavanagh[4] 13.1 40,072 43,704 47,801 49,187 58,576
          Fianna Fáil Tom Nolan 11.2 34,210 35,502 36,048 48,375 51,343
          Fianna Fáil Paddy Power 10.1 31,023 32,119 32,668    
          Fine Gael Charles McDonald 8.1 24,875 25,637 37,841 38,794  
          Fine Gael Monica Barnes 7.0 21,384 22,461      
          Sinn Féin – The Workers' Party Donnchadha MacRaghnaill 2.7 8,414        
          Sinn Féin – The Workers' Party Sean Walsh 2.0 6,062        
          Electorate: 486,248   Valid: 306,896   Spoilt: 15,416 (4.8%)   Quota: 76,725   Turnout: 322,312 (66.3%)

            See also


            References


            1. "European Assembly Elections Act, 1977: Schedule (Constituencies)". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
            2. "European Parliament Elections (Amendment) Act 2004: Schedule (Constituencies)". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
            3. "1979 European Parliament election – Leinster constituency". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 22 March 2009.
            4. Liam Kavanagh resigned on 7 July 1981 after becoming Minister for Labour and was substituted by Séamus Pattison (LAB / PES) on 9 July 1981. Séamus Pattison resigned on 15 December 1983 and was substituted by Justin Keating (LAB / PES) on 8 February 1984.
            5. "1984 European Parliament election – Leinster constituency". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 22 March 2009.
            6. "1989 European Parliament election – Leinster constituency". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 22 March 2009.
            7. "1994 European Parliament election – Leinster constituency". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 22 March 2009.
            8. "1999 European Parliament election – Leinster constituency". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 22 March 2009.
            9. http://irelandelection.com/electiondetail.php?elecid=216&constitid=476&electype=7
            10. https://www.europarl.europa.eu/ireland/en/your-meps/1994-european-elections-results
            11. https://www.europarl.europa.eu/ireland/en/your-meps/1989-european-elections-results
            12. http://irelandelection.com/electiondetail.php?elecid=215&constitid=476&electype=7
            13. https://www.europarl.europa.eu/ireland/en/your-meps/1984-european-elections-results
            14. http://irelandelection.com/electiondetail.php?elecid=214&constitid=476&electype=7
            15. https://www.europarl.europa.eu/ireland/en/your-meps/1979-european-elections-results
            16. http://irelandelection.com/electiondetail.php?elecid=213&constitid=476&electype=7