EU Elections Information Hub

European Elections, 7 June 2024

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 elected 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.

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 was allocated to Ireland, which means 14 Irish MEPs were elected 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 transferred from the South constituency to Midlands North-West. As a result, the Midlands North-West constituency now has five seats instead of four.

Who are Ireland’s MEPs?

You can find more information about Irish MEPs, including their Committee work and their contact details, on the European Parliament website here.

Barry Andrews

Renew Europe Group

Fianna Fáil

Lynn Boylan

The Left in the European Parliament – GUE/NGL

Sinn Féin

Regina Doherty

European People’s Party

Fine Gael

Aodhán O'Riordáin

Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats

Labour Party

Nina Carberry

European People’s Party

Fine Gael

Barry Cowen

Renew Europe Group

Fianna Fáil

Luke Ming Flanagan

The Left in the European Parliament – GUE/NGL

Independent

Ciaran Mullooly

Renew Europe Group

Independent Ireland

Maria Walsh

European People’s Party

Fine Gael

Kathleen Funchion

The Left in the European Parliament – GUE/NGL

Sinn Féin

Billy Kelleher

Renew Europe Group

Fianna Fáil

Seán Kelly

European People’s Party

Fine Gael

Michael McNamara

Renew Europe Group

Independent

Cynthia Ní Mhurchú

Renew Europe Group

Fianna Fáil

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 with the corresponding member party from Ireland (if applicable).

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

Sinn Féin and Independent MEP Luke Ming Flanagan are members of the Left Group.

Fianna Fáil, Independent MEP Michael McNamara and Independent Ireland MEP Ciaran Mullooly are members of the Renew Europe Group.

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

No Irish political parties are currently official members of Patriots for Europe (PfE).

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.