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Ireland European Parliament election, 2009
12 seats to the European Parliament
5 June 2009
First party Second party Third party
     
Leader Enda Kenny Brian Cowen Eamon Gilmore
Party Fine Gael Fianna Fáil Labour Party
Leader since 2 June 2002 7 May 2008 6 September 2007
Last election 27.8%, 5 seats 29.5%, 4 seats 10.5%, 1 seat
Seats won 4 3 3
Seat change –1 –1 +2
Popular vote 532,889 440,562 254,669
Percentage 29.1% 24.1% 13.9%
Swing +1.3 –5.4% +3.4%
Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
   
Leader Joe Higgins Gerry Adams Declan Ganley
Party Socialist Party Sinn Féin Libertas
Leader since 1996 1983 30 October 2008
Last election 1.3%, 0 seats 11.1%, 1 seat New
Seats won 1 0 0
Seat change +1 –1 ±0
Popular vote 50,510 205,613 99,709
Percentage 2.7% 11.2% 5.4%
Swing +1.4 +0.1% +5.4%
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The 2009 European Parliament election in Ireland was the Irish component of the 2009 European Parliament election and was held on Friday, 5 June 2009, coinciding with the 2009 local elections. Two by-elections (Dublin South and Dublin Central) were also held on the same day.[1]

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National and regional summaries

The governing Fianna Fáil party lost one MEP and a significant share of the vote, in line with the day's other election results. Fine Gael increased its national vote share but lost a seat. The Labour Party, which increased its delegation from one MEP to three, was the only major party to make seat gains. Sinn Féin lost its only MEP in the Republic of Ireland, and the Socialist Party won a seat for the first time. One independent MEP lost her seat. The Green Party's vote was halved, and the pan-European Libertas party, based in Ireland, also failed to make a breakthrough.

In Dublin, Gay Mitchell of Fine Gael and Proinsias De Rossa of Labour were re-elected, while Joe Higgins of the Socialist Party defeated the incumbent Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin MEPs to take the third seat. East re-elected Mairead McGuinness of Fine Gael and Liam Aylward of Fianna Fáil. Nessa Childers of Labour took the vacant final seat. North–West re-elected independent ALDE MEP Marian Harkin and Jim Higgins of Fine Gael, while the Fianna Fáil seat was retained by former MEP Pat "the Cope" Gallagher. In South, Brian Crowley of Fianna Fáil was re-elected, Seán Kelly won a seat from his Fine Gael colleague Colm Burke, and Labour's Alan Kelly defeated incumbent independent MEP Kathy Sinnott in the final count.

Constituency changes

In accordance with the terms of the Treaty of Nice, the number of MEPs from Ireland in the European Parliament was reduced from 13 to 12 for this election. The Dublin constituency was reduced from 4 seats to 3, and the counties of Longford and Westmeath were transferred from the East constituency to the North–West constituency. The election was conducted under the single transferable vote in Ireland; the only other constituencies to elect their MEPs under STV are Malta and Northern Ireland, with the rest of Europe using variants of the list system.

Results

Elections to the European Parliament in Ireland – 2009[2]
Party Party Leader 1st Pref Vote % ±% Seats ±
Fine Gael Enda Kenny 532,889 29.1 +1.3 4 –1
Fianna Fáil Brian Cowen 440,562 24.1 –5.4 3 –1
Labour Party Eamon Gilmore 254,669 13.9 +3.4 3 +2
Socialist Party Joe Higgins 50,510[3] 2.7 +1.4 1 +1
Sinn Féin Gerry Adams 205,613 11.2 +0.1 0 –1
Libertas Declan Ganley 99,709 5.4 +5.4 0 ±0
Green Party John Gormley 34,585 1.9 –2.4 0 ±0
Independents 210,776 11.5 –4.0 1 –1
Total 1,829,313 100 12 –1
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Voting details

Constituency Electorate Turnout Spoilt Valid Poll Quota Seats Candidates
Dublin 812,465 412,684 (50.8%) 6,054 (1.5%) 406,630 101,658 3 10
East 778,502 442,291 (56.8%) 13,042 (2.9%) 429,249 107,313 3 11
North–West 805,626 510,982 (63.4%) 15,675 (3.1%) 495,307 123,827 3 13
South 861,727 509,963 (59.2%) 11,836 (2.3%) 498,127 124,532 3 10
Total 3,258,320 1,875,920 (57.5%) 46,607 (2.5%) 1,829,313 12 44

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