South (European Parliament constituency)
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).
|European Parliament constituency|
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 referred to as Ireland South. 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, Deirdre Clune, as the last candidate elected, did not take her seat until after the United Kingdom left the European Union.
|2004, 2009||Counties of Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford; and the cities of Cork, Limerick and Waterford.||3|
|2014||Addition of counties Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford and Wicklow from East; and Clare from North-West.||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.
|Fine Gael||Seán Kelly||16.47||118,446||118,491||118,677||118,775||119,125||119,382||119,547||119,717||119,885|
|Fianna Fáil||Billy Kelleher||11.69||84,084||84,107||84,165||84,239||84,389||84,560||84,655||84,842||84,972||85,452||86,027||87,037||87,966||88,604||89,040||92,893||131,665|
|Inds. 4 Change||Mick Wallace||11.37||81,780||82,033||82,163||82,374||82,697||82,903||83,459||83,811||84,028||84,276||85,277||87,613||88,806||90,285||95,834||101,792||109,221||112,528||139,529|
|Sinn Féin||Liadh Ní Riada||10.99||78,995||79,062||79,204||79,309||79,494||79,662||79,864||80,165||80,292||80,732||81,721||82,839||83,790||84,892||87,214||91,727||95,446||98,248|
|Fianna Fáil||Malcolm Byrne||9.62||69,167||69,202||69,273||69,317||69,383||69,512||69,557||69,673||70,899||71,169||71,843||72,134||72,854||73,783||74,371||80,624|
|Fine Gael||Deirdre Clune||8.98||64,605||64,631||64,692||64,764||64,900||65,006||65,116||65,253||65,559||66,050||66,733||67,277||67,899||69,096||69,566||89,755||97,956||101,047||110,085||112,162|
|Fine Gael||Andrew Doyle||5.39||38,738||38,755||38,788||38,804||38,842||38,926||38,950||38,996||39,294||39,429||39,855||40,014||40,586||41,069||41,416|
|Identity Ireland||Peter O'Loughlin||0.51||3,685||3,762||3,806||3,922||4,009||4,050||4,184|
|Direct Democracy||Jan van de Ven||0.20||1,421|
|Electorate: 1,417,017 Valid: 719,194 Spoilt: 36,793 Quota: 119,866 Turnout: 53.4%|
Following a recheck of the votes for O'Sullivan and Ní Riada after the 18th count, a full recount was requested by the Sinn Féin candidate. Returning officer Martin Harvey announced that the recount would begin on 4 June. RTÉ reported that the recount could take up to 28 working days. On 4 June, Ní Riada withdrew the request for a recount. After the transfer of Ní Riada's votes and Mick Wallace's surplus, Grace O'Sullivan and Deirdre Clune were deemed elected, but Clune did not take office as an MEP until Brexit had taken effect.
|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||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|
|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|
|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|
|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%)|
|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|
|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|
|Electorate: 861,727 Valid: 498,127 Spoilt: 11,836 (2.3%) Quota: 124,532 Turnout: 509,963 (59.2%)|
|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|
|Electorate: 802,359 Valid: 484,270 Spoilt: 14,124 (2.8%) Quota: 121,068 Turnout: 498,394 (62.1%)|
- Deirdre Clune, the last elected candidate in 2019, was not an MEP between the time of the 2019 election (24 May 2019) and the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the EU (31 January 2020). This is because the reallocation of European Parliament seats had to wait until after Brexit.
- Simon Coveney was substituted by Colm Burke (FG / EPP-ED) on 19 June 2007.
- Alan Kelly was substituted by Phil Prendergast (Lab / S&D) on 21 April 2011.
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