EU Elections Information Hub

🚨 European Elections, 7 June 2024 🚨

2024/06/07 07:00:00

Are you running in the 2024 European Parliament elections?

Get in touch at info@europeanmovement.ie.

Your election questions, answered:

What does the European Parliament do?

The European Parliament is the only directly elected EU Institution, and what is decided in the Parliament over the next five years will have a direct impact on our lives.

In June 2024, EU citizens will elect 720 members (MEPs) in total to represent them at the European Parliament until 2029, with 14 MEPs coming from Ireland.

Our MEPs decide with national governments on two key things: laws in some areas e.g., the single market, and how the EU budget is spent, e.g., spend on agriculture.

MEPs also assess the work of the European Commission and keep track of how EU laws are implemented in EU Member States.

Furthermore, MEPs represent EU citizens on major international issues like climate change, human rights, global trade, economic development, and our place in the world – these are all issues where we need our voices to be heard.

Who can vote?

All Irish and EU citizens resident in Ireland aged 18 and over are eligible to vote, provided they register before the deadline. You can check if you are registered to vote at www.checktheregister.ie.

If you are not yet registered, you are eligible to apply for the supplementary register up to 14 days before the vote is due to take place. All the relevant information and forms necessary to register can be found at www.citizensinformation.ie.

I’m an Irish citizen living abroad:

If you are an Irish citizen living in another EU Member State, you can vote in the European elections in the country you are living in. You cannot vote in the Irish European elections from abroad.

You may be eligible for a postal vote or special voting arrangements in certain circumstances, such as diplomats and members of the defence forces.

I’m an EU citizen living in Ireland:

EU citizens in Ireland can vote in Irish European Elections, if registered to do so. Depending on their country of citizenship, EU citizens may be able to vote in their national elections from Ireland. You cannot vote in more than one country or constituency.

What are the election constituencies?

In September 2023, the European Parliament and the Council agreed to the provision of 15 extra MEPs across the EU for the 2024-2029 European Parliament mandate.

One extra seat has been allocated to Ireland, which means that there will be 14 MEPs to elect in June 2024 instead of 13. Following the recommendation of An Coimisúin Toghcháin (The Electoral Commission) in November 2023, the counties of Laois and Offaly have been transferred from the Southern constituency to the Midlands North-West. As a result, the Midlands North-West constituency now has five seats instead of four.

Who are the candidates?

Disclaimer: Please note that this is a live list of candidates who have announced that they are running for election. EMI will continue to update this list as candidates confirm that they are running. The final official list of candidates will be set out on each constituency ballot paper.

Are you running as a candidate in the 2024 European Parliament Elections? Get in touch at info@europeanmovement.ie.

European Movement Ireland’s EU Elections Information Hub is updated Monday to Friday between 9:00am-5:30pm.

Umar Al-Qadri

TBD

Independent

Barry Andrews

Renew Europe Group

Fianna Fáil

Lynn Boylan

The Left in the European Parliament – GUE/NGL

Sinn Féin

Ciarán Cuffe

Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance

Green Party

Robin Cafolla

TBD

An Rabharta Glas-Green Left (ARG-GL)

Clare Daly

The Left in the European Parliament – GUE/NGL

Independent

Regina Doherty

European People’s Party

Fine Gael

Daithí Doolan

The Left in the European Parliament – GUE/NGL

Sinn Féin

Philip Dwyer

TBD

Ireland First

Sinead Gibney

TBD

Social Democrats

Finian McGrath

TBD

Independent

Diarmaid O’Conorain

TBD

Irish Freedom Party

Aodhán O'Riordáin

Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats

Labour Party

Stephen O'Rourke

Non-Inscrits (NI)

Independent

Patrick Quinlan

TBD

National Party

Bríd Smith

The Left in the European Parliament – GUE/NGL

People Before Profit

Malachy Steenson

TBD

Independent

Niall Blaney

Renew Europe Group

Fianna Fáil

Nina Carberry

European People’s Party

Fine Gael

Lisa Chambers

Renew Europe Group

Fianna Fáil

Barry Cowen

Renew Europe Group

Fianna Fáil

Luke Ming Flanagan

The Left in the European Parliament – GUE/NGL

Independent

Michelle Gildernew

The Left in the European Parliament – GUE/NGL

Sinn Féin

Rory Hearne

TBD

Social Democrats

Herman Kelly

TBD

Irish Freedom Party

Fergal Landy

Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats

Labour Party

Chris MacManus

The Left in the European Parliament – GUE/NGL

Sinn Féin

Margaret Maguire

TBC

Ireland First

Ciaran Mullooly

TBD

Independent Ireland

Brian O’Boyle

The Left in the European Parliament – GUE/NGL

People Before Profit

Pauline O'Reilly

Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance

Green Party

James Reynolds

TBD

The National Party

Peadar Toibín

TBD

Aontú

Maria Walsh

European People’s Party

Fine Gael

John Waters

TBD

Independent

Derek Blighe

TBD

Ireland First

Lorna Bogue

TBD

An Rabharta Glas-Green Left (ARG-GL)

Graham de Barra

TBD

Independent

Susan Doyle

TBD

Social Democrats

Kathleen Funchion

The Left in the European Parliament – GUE/NGL

Sinn Féin

Paul Gavan

The Left in the European Parliament – GUE/NGL

Sinn Féin

Niamh Hourigan

Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats

Labour Party

Billy Kelleher

Renew Europe Group

Fianna Fáil

Seán Kelly

European People’s Party

Fine Gael

Michael Leahy

TBD

Irish Freedom Party

John Mullins

European People’s Party

Fine Gael

Patrick Murphy

TBD

Aontú

Cynthia Ní Mhurchú

Renew Europe Group

Fianna Fáil

Grace O'Sullivan

Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance

Green Party

Eddie Punch

TBC

Independent

Cian Prendiville

The Left in the European Parliament – GUE/NGL

People Before Profit

Mick Wallace

The Left in the European Parliament – GUE/NGL

Independent

What are the current groups?

MEPs can be members of national political parties or can be independent. While in the European Parliament, MEPs sit in EU-wide political groups or are Non-Inscrits (Non-attached).

The current European Parliament political groups are listed below, in alphabetical order, with the corresponding member party from Ireland (if applicable).

Please note that this may be subject to change following the June 2024 European Elections.

No Irish political parties are currently official members of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR)

Fine Gael are members of the European People’s Party (EPP)

The Green Party are members of the Greens–European Free Alliance

Independents 4 Change, People Before Profit, Sinn Féin, and Independent MEP Luke Ming Flanagan are members of the Left Group.

No Irish political parties are currently official members of the Identity and Democracy (ID)

Fianna Fáil are members of Renew

Labour are members of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democracts (S&D)

MEPs that choose to not be part of a political grouping are considered Non-Inscrits (NI), meaning non-attached.

Several Irish political parties have never had candidates elected as MEPs, so they do not have an official European Parliament political grouping. In the above list of candidates, we have listed them as TBD.

What are we up to?

European Movement Ireland are travelling around the country and bringing EU Election Town Halls to Cork, Galway and Dublin.

You can find us at the below locations over the next few months.

European Election Town Hall - Ireland Dublin Constituency

Dublin Town Hall

EU Election Town Hall – Ireland Dublin Constituency 19:00 – 20:00 | Thursday, 30 May 2024 | The Alex Hotel, Dublin In-Person Event  European Movement Ireland and the European Parliament…

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uropean Election Town Hall - Ireland Midlands-North-West Constituency

Midlands-North-West Town Hall

EU Election Town Hall – Ireland Midlands-North-West Constituency 19:00 – 20:00 | Thursday, 16 May 2024 | The Galmont Hotel, Lough Atalia Road, Galway In-Person Event  European Movement Ireland and…

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Ireland South Constituency

EU Elections Town Hall – Ireland South Constituency 19:00 – 20:00 | Thursday, 02 May 2024 | UCC Centre for Executive Education, 1 Lapp’s Quay, Cork In-Person Event  European Movement…

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