European Elections

  • In the European elections, six of Ireland's 13 MEPs have now been elected.

    In the Midlands North West, five candidates are still battling for the three remaining seats.

    FG's Mairead McGuinness topped the poll and was elected on Monday afternoon.

    Since then, a number of candidates have been eliminated - including Achill native Saoirse McHugh of the Green Party who was eliminated in the early hours of this morning.

    That leaves five candidates - with Independent Luke Ming Flanagan, Sinn Fein's Matt Carthy and Fine Gael's Maria Walsh look set to take the remaining three seats.

    They're followed by Independent Peter Casey and Fianna Fail's Brendan Smith.

    The 12th count is now underway the TF Royal Theatre.

  • The ballots are set for May's European elections.

    Almost 60 candidates are running for 13 seats in the European Parliament.

    The vast constituency of Midlands-North West, which stretches from Donegal to Kildare, will be contested by 17 candidates.

    The sitting MEPs who are running again are Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan (Ind), Mairéad McGuinness (FG) and Matt Carthy (SF).

    The full list of candidates are as follows:



    Dilip Mahapatra (Non Party)

    Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan (Non Party)

    Saoirse McHugh (Green Party)

    Maria Walsh (Fine Gael)

    Cyril Brennan (Solidarity-People Before Profit)

    Peter Casey (Non Party)

    Mairead McGuinness (Fine Gael)

    Anne Rabbitte (Fianna Fáil)

    Brendan Smith (Fianna Fáil)

    Dominic Hannigan (Labour Party)

    Patrick Greene (Direct Democracy Ireland)

    Matt Carthy (Sinn Féin)

    Fidelma Healy Eames (Non Party)

    Michael O’Down (Renua)

    Diarmaid Mulcahy (Non Party)

    James Miller (Non Party)

    Olive O'Connor (Non Party)

    Candidates have until 12 noon tomorrow to withdraw which is a rare occurrence as the last time that happened in this constituency was 22 years ago.

  • The Green Party is putting three candidates forward for the upcoming European elections on May 24th.

    The party is launching its campaign later today.

    Councillor Ciarán Cuffe is contesting Dublin, Senator Grace O'Sullivan is standing in Ireland South and newcomer, Saoirse McHugh, is seeking election in Midlands North West.

    Saoirse, who's from Achill Island, is passionate about the environment and the dangers of climate change.

    The 28-year old says there are a number of key issues facing the Midlands North West constituency - including Brexit and rural decline.

  • Businessman Peter Casey is to contest the European elections in the Midlands-North West Constituency according to today’s Irish Independent.

    The paper reports that he will run on a platform that seeks to change the immigration system and end the rural-urban divide.

    Mr Casey rose to national prominence after claiming during the Presidential election, in which he finished second, that Travellers should not be recognised as an ethnic minority.

    The Donegal resident continues to stand by those comments but says his new campaign will be much broader.

    He said he expects he can challenge for the seat won by Independent MEP Luke Flanagan in 2014.

    Fine Gael’s Mairead McGuiness and Sinn Fein’s Matt Carty are also defending their seats, while Independent Marian Harkin is retiring after 15 years in Brussels.

    Fianna Fail is running two candidates – TDs Brendan Smith and Anne Rabbitte.


    Climate change has been put firmly on the agenda for next week's local and European elections.

    Two political opinion polls out today show a significant bounce for the Green party - which is up four points in both.

    The polls also show there's very little difference in current levels of support for Fine Gael and Fianna Fail.

    These results will make lively reading for political leaders heading into local and European elections on Friday.

    A Sunday Times Behaviour and Attitudes poll of 954 voters between May 2nd and 14th puts Fine Gael and Fianna Fail level on 28 per cent - while a Red C poll of 2000 adults for the Sunday Business Post between Mayo 6th and 16th puts Fianna Fail just 4 points behind. 

  • A first-time candidate in the upcoming European elections has hit out at her Fine Gael colleague for "encroaching onto her side" of the Midlands-Northwest constituency.

    In today's Sunday Independent, former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh is critical of sitting MEP Mairead McGuinness and has accused Ms McGuinness of straying into her designated electoral area.

    Ms Walsh says it's disappointing that her party colleague is not sticking to her side of the constituency, as they're both trying to win seats for the party.

    She says the Fine Gael strategy was for her to focus on the West and Northwest of the constituency, while Ms McGuinness was to canvass the east.

    However, shortly before the boundary lines were officially issued, Mairead McGuinness is understood to have spoken in Maria Walsh's former secondary school - Presentation College, Headford.

    Sources for Ms McGuinness said she was invited to the Headford school long before Ms Walsh was announced as a candidate.

    Mairead McGuinness told the Sunday Independent that she fully supports and is abiding by the party's decision to split the constituency between the two candidates, and the focus of her canvass is exclusively on the counties allocated to her.

    The sitting MEP said the aim is to win two seats for the party in the large-13 county constituency.

    The two FG candidates are among 17 candidates seeking election to four seats in the Midlands-Northwest constituency.

  • A former Galway Senator is to contest the upcoming European elections in the Midlands North West constituency.

    Fidelma Healy Eames was a Senator between 2007 and 2016 but failed to get elected to the Dail on a number of occasions.

    She announced in 2016 that she would not be seeking re-election to the Seanad.

    She will now return to politics by contesting next month’s European elections.


  • It's expected that Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte will be added to Fianna Fail's all-male European ticket for May's European elections.

     The party has selected three male candidates to contest the elections to date: TD Brendan Smith is running in the Midlands / North-West constituency, former minister Barry Andrews in Dublin, while Councillor Malcolm Byrne was selected by delegates to run in Ireland South.

    The Irish Independent reports that the Fianna Fail national constituency council will meet this week to decide where to add more candidates, and who.

    It is expected that Anne Rabbitte in Galway East will be added to the ticket in the Midlands/ Northwest constituency, and Billy Kelleher will be added in Ireland South.

    Deputy Rabbitte would be the only woman running for the party in the European elections.

    Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said the party will field more than 20pc female candidates in the local elections.



  • TDs Billy Kelleher and Anne Rabbitte have been added to the Fianna Fáil ticket for the European elections.

    Deputy Kelleher will contest in Ireland South alongside Councillor Malcolm Byrne.

    While Anne Rabbitte will run in the Midlands North West constituency with TD Brendan Smyth.

    The two TDs were added to the tickets after losing in their local selection conventions.

  • Galway East Fianna Fail TD Anne Rabbitte is to seek a nomination to contest the European Elections for the Midlands-North West constituency, despite the fact that party leader Micheal Martin has said he does not want TDs running in Europe.

    Deputy Rabbitte made the declaration at the Fianna Fail party’s Athenry-Oranmore selection convention for the local elections at the Raheen Woods Hotel last night.

    She is currently the party’s spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs.

    Meanwhile Fianna Fáil TD Billy Kelleher is actively campaigning to run in the European elections - despite the view of his party leader.

    Fianna Fáil is holding its annual Ard Fheis in CityWest in Dublin today.

    Cork TD Billy Kelleher has lined the driveway up to the meeting with campaign posters asking delegates to vote for him in Ireland South.

    Billy Kelleher says he's going ahead anyway:

  • Mayo Fine Gael Senator John O’Mahony has confirmed he will not be putting his name forward for the European Elections in May.

    Senator O’Mahony has confirmed the news in a statement this morning and says he will not be a candidate for any future elections.

    He says that he has issued the statement on foot of enquiries and speculation about his future political plans and thanked his colleagues in the Oireachtas and local authorities, along with the Fine Gael party and members of the public, who have supported him since 2006.

    He said that while he will not be a candidate in any future elections, he looks forward to representing the interests of the people of Mayo, Galway and west of Ireland for the duration of the 32nd Oireachtas.

  • Independent MEP Marian Harkin has announced she will not contest the European Parliament Elections in May.

    Marian Harkin is serving her third term as an MEP for the Midlands-Northwest constituency, having been elected in the European elections of 2004, 2009 and 2014.

    She also served as a TD for Sligo / Leitrim from 2002 to 2007.

    She told Midwest News today that she has served the people of the Midlands, North West constituency for three terms and believes she has made a positive contribution.

    She said it's been a tough decision to make, but she believes it's the right decision for her at this time.

    Ms Harkin also says she still has a huge interest in politics and aims, in some way, in the future to make a further contribution but has not yet decided what form that might take.




  •                      Votes Cast : 616,555   Invalid Papers :21,628   Valid Poll : 594,927

                                            No of Seats :  4  Quota :   118,986




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    Brennan – Cyril
















    Carthy – Matt


    Sinn Fein













    Casey – Peter


    Non Party













    Flanagan – Luke ‘Ming’


    Non Party













    Greene – Patrick

















    Hannigan – Dominic















    Healy Eames – Fidelma


    Non Party













    Mahapatra – Dilip


    Non Party














    Mc Guinness - Mairead


    Fine Gael














    Mc Hugh – Saoirse


    Green Party













    Miller  - James


    Non Party














    Mulcahy – Diarmuid


    Non Party













    O’Connor – Olive


    Non Party














    O’Dowd – Michael


    Renua Ire














    Rabitte – Anne


    Fianna Fail












    Smith – Brendan


    Fianna Fail












    Walsh- Marie


    Fine Gael













  • The new Irish MEPs that will be elected later this month will have a unique opportunity to bridge a Brexit deal.

    That's according to Independent European candidate for the Midlands-Northwest Fidelma Healy-Eames, who says the time extension presents an opportunity to find a Brexit deal that will be acceptable to all sides.

    The Galway-based candidate believes Irish MEPs could work together with UK MEPs to find solutions that both Governments can agree on

  • Businessman Peter Casey is to contest the European elections in the Midlands-Northwest constituency, after registering his candidacy at Castlebar courthouse this afternoon.

    Launching his campaign, the independent candidate said he would be "the voice for rural Ireland" at the heart of the EU, if elected.

    Peter Casey contested the Irish presidential elections last year, and polled second to incumbent Michael D Higgins.

    The Derry native, who lives in Donegal, is founder and former executive chairman of Claddagh Resources, a global recruitment business and a former Dragon's Den investor.

    He says rural Ireland needs a catalyst for change, having borne the brunt of austerity.



  • As polls close in less than three hours time, Turnout in the local and European elections is mixed across the country.

    Some polling stations are reporting higher turnout than last time around, with many others much lower.

    In Dublin turnout has been slow for much of the day with many people expecting the usual evening rush of votes.

    Galway has seen a turnout across the county of about 36 per cent so far.            

    Mayo is another county ahead of the National curve between 30 and 34 per cent.

    The vote before noon campaign in Louisburgh has brought out big numbers with the latest voter turnout at 58%.

    Elsewhere across the country some counties are reporting turnout in the low teens on the back of a lacklustre campaign.

    People are voting on the local and European elections

    But also a referendum on divorce and plebiscites on directly elected mayors in Cork, Limerick and Waterford.

    The ballot boxes will stay open until 10pm this evening.

  • Voting is underway in the 2019 Local and European Elections and on the Divorce Referendum.

    In Mayo there are 238 polling stations open today to accommodate more than 104,000 voters.

    Polling stations opened at 7am nationally this morning and will remain open until 10pm tonight.

    Voters will be presented with three ballot papers when they enter polling booths in Mayo today.

    One ballot paper to choose the councillors they want to represent them in their local electoral area – the local election ballot paper, a second on the divorce referendum, and a third to select the MEPs to represent them in Europe in this constituency of the Midlands Northwest.

    Mayo County Registrar Fintan Murphy told Midwest News today that voters do no need a polling card to vote and advised voters with or without polling cards to bring a form of identification with them when voting.