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East (European Parliament constituency)

East was a constituency of the European Parliament in Ireland. It elected 3 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) using the single transferable vote form of proportional representation (PR-STV).

History and boundaries

The constituency was created for the 2004 election and was a successor to the Leinster constituency. From 2004 to 2009, it comprised the Leinster counties excluding the Dublin constituency. For the 2009 election, the counties of Longford and Westmeath were transferred from East to the North-West constituency. It then comprised the counties Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Wexford and Wicklow.[1]

For the 2014 European Parliament election the constituency was abolished, with the northern part (Kildare, Laois, Louth, Meath, Offaly) transferred to the new Midlands–North-West constituency, and the southern part (Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow) transferred to the South constituency.[2]

MEPs

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) for East 2004–2014
Parl. Election Member
(Party)
Member
(Party)
Member
(Party)
6th 2004[3] Mairead McGuinness
(FG)
Liam Aylward
(FF)
Avril Doyle
(FG)
7th 2009[4] Nessa Childers
(Lab)
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.

2009 election

2009 European Parliament election: East[4][5]
Party Candidate % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7
Fine Gael Mairead McGuinness 25.7 110,366            
Labour Party Nessa Childers 18.3 78,338 78,914 80,145 84,198 86,654 89,355 102,220
Fianna Fáil Liam Aylward 17.4 74,666 74,866 75,124 76,295 77,044 99,236 103,605
Fine Gael John Paul Phelan 14.4 61,851 63,590 64,169 67,972 69,608 70,846 76,960
Sinn Féin Kathleen Funchion 6.2 26,567 26,647 27,132 29,305 43,085 44,422  
Fianna Fáil Thomas Byrne 7.2 31,112 31,264 31,480 32,276 33,383    
Sinn Féin Tomás Sharkey 4.9 20,932 21,034 21,461 23,954      
Libertas Raymond O'Malley 4.3 18,557 18,728 19,396        
Independent Paddy Garvey 0.7 2,934 2,945          
Independent Jim Tallon 0.6 2,412 2,425          
Independent Micheál E. Grealy 0.4 1,514 1,523          
Electorate: 778,502   Valid: 429,249   Spoilt: 13,042 (2.9%)   Quota: 107,313   Turnout: 442,291 (56.8%)

2004 election

2004–2009 East constituency boundaries
2004 European Parliament election: East[3]
Party Candidate % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7
Fine Gael Mairead McGuinness 25.2 114,249            
Fianna Fáil Liam Aylward 15.1 68,206 68,271 68,756 70,735 73,217 78,126 110,758
Fine Gael Avril Doyle 15.3 69,511 70,056 71,159 74,429 80,523 86,220 91,046
Labour Party Peter Cassells 13.1 59,158 59,264 60,231 63,119 70,509 79,901 83,981
Fianna Fáil Séamus Kirk 10.0 45,454 45,514 46,173 47,869 49,629 53,933  
Sinn Féin John Dwyer 8.7 39,356 39,386 40,258 43,021 46,547    
Green Party Mary White 5.6 25,576 25,644 27,093 30,437      
Independent Justin Barrett 2.4 10,997 11,019 12,023        
Independent Clifford T. Reid 2.4 10,692 10,718 12,032        
Fathers Rights Liam Ó Gógáin 0.8 3,407 3,418          
Independent Seanán Ó Coistín 0.7 3,130 3,141          
Independent Eoin Dubsky 0.4 1,955 1,960          
Independent Joe Neal 0.3 1,487 1,492          
Electorate: 806,598   Valid: 453,178   Spoilt: 18,717 (3.9%)   Quota: 113,295   Turnout: 471,895 (58.5%)

See also

References

  1. ^ "Electoral (Amendment) Act 2009". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 28 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "Report on European Parliament Constituencies 2013". Constituency Commission. 25 September 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "2004 European Parliament election – East constituency". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 22 March 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "2009 European Parliament election – East constituency". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 21 April 2009. 
  5. ^ "Nominations close for Europe elections". RTÉ News. 11 May 2009. Retrieved 12 May 2009. 

External links

  • East MEPs – European Parliament Office in Ireland

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