Midlands-Northwest Constituency

  • 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.

  • A third day of counting gets underway this morning in the European elections.

    In the Midlands-Northwest constituency, just one of the four seats has been filled - with FG's Mairead McGuinness elected on the first count yesterday afternoon.

    Four counts have now been completed, as her surplus was distributed on the 2nd count, and counts 3 and 4 saw the elimination of the lowest-placed candidates - Independent Diarmuid Mulcahy and Patrick Greene of Direct Democracy Ireland.

    Luke Ming Flanagan from Castlerea looks on course to retain his seat in Europe, with over 87,000 votes at the end of the 4th count - the quota is almost 119,000.

    The remaining two seats will come down to a battle between Sinn Fein's Matt Carthy, former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh from Shrule and Indepependent Peter Casey -

     Matt Carthy has over 78,000 votes after the 4th count, and  Maria Walsh has over 70,000 - the next nearest challenger Peter Casey is on just over 58,000, with Achill Island native Saoirse McHugh of the Green Party next on almost 53,000.


  • 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.

  • Fine Gael candidates are on track to top the poll in all three European Parliament constituencies, according to a special Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll taken with sample ballot papers earlier this week.

    Fianna Fáil will also challenge strongly to elect MEPs in each of the constituencies, while Sinn Féin’s three MEPs will see their vote decline substantially but remain in the running to retain their seats.

    The poll indicates that other left-wing candidates are likely to end up competing with each for the remaining seats, though Luke Ming Flanagan in Midlands North West is likely to poll strongly and be returned, according to this poll.

    The Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll was conducted on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week among 500 voters in each of the three European parliament constituencies using a sample ballot paper, a total of 1,500 voters across 150 sampling points in all constituencies. The accuracy is estimated at plus or minus 4.4 per cent at the European constituency level.

    In the Midlands Northwest constituency  Mairead McGuinness a sitting  MEP is set to be a runaway poll topper on 26%.

    Ind Luke Flanagan is on 16 per cent, while Sinn Féin sitting MEP Matt Carthy is on 14 per cent.

    Marie Walsh FG is on 11 percent, Peter Casey 9 % , Brendan Smith  FF 8% and Ann Rabbitte FF on 5 %.

    The rest of the candidates in this constituency are polling below the margin of error ( from 1 to 3 %)

  • FINE GAEL has selected two candidates – Mairead McGuinness and Maria Walsh - for the European Elections in the Midlands North-West constituency.

    Mairead McGuinness. First Vice President of the European Parliament and sitting MEP, and Maria Walsh, businesswoman and former Rose of Tralee, were selected by Fine Gael members at the constituency selection convention in Mullingar tonight.

    Mrs McGuinness said, “It’s a great honour to have the trust and confidence of party members. I am looking forward to working hard with Maria to achieve two seats for Fine Gael in this constituency.”

    She said while on the immediate horizon every effort is being made to avoid a no deal Brexit, the make-up of the next European Parliament is going to be critical.

    Speaking after her nomination, Maria Walsh said, “I firmly believe I am one of the many young people who represent the face of the New Ireland, one which is diverse and tolerant but continues to embrace the traditional values of love of family and community.

    The Midlands North-West constituency is made up of CavanDonegalGalwayKildareLeitrimLongfordLouthMayoMeathMonaghan
    RoscommonSligo and Westmeath.



  • 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.


  • The final three seats in the Midlands Northwest European constituency were filled last night in the Royal Theatre in Castlebar.

    Sitting Independent MEP Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan was elected following the 13th count, after surpassing the quota with 121,824 votes.

    Returning Officer Fintan Murphy declared Fine Gael’s Maria Walsh from Shrule and sitting MEP Matt Carthy of Sinn Fein elected also, without reaching the quota on that 13th count – with 107,198 votes and 98,732 votes respectively.

    Those three join Fine Gael's Mairead McGuinness who was returned following the first count on Monday afternoon. 

    Independent Peter Casey, who told Midwest News yesterday that he intends to stand in the next General Election, finished in fifth place overall with 78.632 votes.


  • A hearing will take place on October 2nd to decide whether to confirm Midlands-Northwest MEP Mairead McGuinness as the new EU Commissioner with responsibility for financial services.

    Nominees to the European Commission must be cleared of conflicts of interests, and then be confirmed in a vote of the European Parliament, following a hearing by MEPs.

    The Irish Times reports that on October 2nd, MEPs will evaluate if Mrs McGuinness is suitable to become a member of the College of Commissioners, and if she's qualified to carry out the duties assigned to her.

    The issue will then be put to a vote by all MEPs in the European Parliament on October 7th.




  • The Labour Party has selected Dominic Hannigan to contest the Midlands / Northwest constituency in the European elections in May.

    Mr Hannigan was selected at a Labour Party convention over the weekend

    He's a former councillor, Senator and TD having represented Meath in the Dáil from 2011 to 2016.

    Dominic Hannigan lives now in Galway, and co-owns the Lough Mask Distillery near Tourmakeady.

    He told Midwest News this evening that, as a former Chair of the Oireachtas European Union Affairs Committee, he's well aware of the challenges posed by Brexit and will be pushing for Ireland's interests to be protected in the European Parliament.


  • Mairead McGuinness is the first Irish MEP to be elected to the European Parliament after voting on Friday.

    The Fine Gael MEP was returned after she topped the poll in the 4 seater Midlands North West constituency.

    Ms McGuinness was returned with 134,630 first preference votes – 15,644 votes over the quota of 118,986.

    In second place following the first count is sitting Independent MEP Luke Ming Flanagan, with 85,034; Sinn Fein’s Matt Carthy is on 77,619; Fine Gael’s Maria Walsh stands on 64,500, Peter Casey on 56,650; Saoirse McHugh is on 51,019; Brendan Smith of Fianna Fail is on 42,814 and his party colleague Anne Rabbitte is on 30,220. There is a gap of almost 15,000 then to the next best placed candidate – Independent Fidelma Healy Eames on 15,991; Dominic Hannigan of Labour is on 12,378; People Before Profit’s Cyril Brennan is on 8,130; Michael O’Dowd of Renua Ireland is on 6,897; Independent Dilip Mahapatra stands on 2,450; Independent Olive O’Connor is on 3,132; Direct Democracy Ireland candidate Patrick Greene is on 1,353; Independent James Miller 1,322 and Independent Diarmuid Mulcahy on 789.

  • Mairead McGuinness says she will "hit the ground running" early next week, after the European Parliament yesterday voted to approve the Midlands-Northwest MEP as the new EU Commissioner for Financial Stability.

    Ms McGuinness will replace former Commission Phil Hogan, following his resignation after the Golfgate controversy, and she's expected to be formally appointed to the role in the coming days.

    Mairead McGuinness has been a Fine Gael MEP for Midlands-North-West since 2004 , and has also served as First Vice President of the Parliament.

    Louth County Councillor Colm Markey will replace Mairead McGuinness as MEP for the Midlands-Northwest constituency.

  • Midlands-Northwest MEP Mairead McGuinness has been re-elected First Vice-President of the European Parliament.

    The Fine Gael MEP secured over 93% of the votes in the European Parliament in Strasbourg yesterday evening.

    Mairead McGuinness, who topped the poll in the Midlands-Northwest constituency in the May elections, told Midwest News she was says honoured to be re-elected as First Vice-President of the Parliament, and delighted to receive the support of 93% of the Parliament.



  •                      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 Midlands-Northwest constituency will remain a 4-seater for the next European elections, but with two less counties.

    The European Parliament Constituency Committee has published its report on the European electoral boundaries, with two additional seats for Ireland arising out of the UK leaving the EU.

    It recommends that the Midlands-Northwest constituency, which is currently a 4-seater, will continue to elect 4 MEPs, but Laois and Offaly will be moved to the South constituency which gets an extra seat.

    That means 13 counties will make up the new Midlands-Northwest constituency.

    The second extra seat is allocated to the Dublin constituency.

  • Midlands- Northwest MEP Mairead McGuinness has been confirmed as Ireland's EU Commissioner.

    European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has confirmed that Ms McGuinness will take on the financial services portfolio.

    The trade portfolio- left vacant by the resignation of Phil Hogan following the Golfgate controversy in Clifden - goes to the former Prime Minister of Latvia.

    Mairead McGuinness was first elected a member of the European Parliament in July 2004 for the midlands-northwest constituency, and has served as First Vice-President of the European Parliament since 2017.

    Prior to becoming a Fine Gael MEP, she was a well-known journalist and broadcaster.

  • Midlands-Northwest MEP Mairead McGuinness is now tipped as the frontrunner to become Ireland's next EU Commissioner.

    The Irish Times reports this morning that the Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney may not allow his name to go forward, if it's believed he won't retain the trade portfolio.

    It could clear the way for Midlands-Northwest MEP and European Parliament vice-president Mairead McGuinness to be nominated, while fellow MEP and former minister, Frances Fitzgerald, has also declared her interest in succeeding Phil Hogan.

    Tanaiste Leo Varadker told party TDs last night that he expected nominations for the role of EU Commissioner to be finalised by the end of this week.



  • While a Brexit deal has been reached, it remains unclear whether it will be passed by the UK House of Commons.

    The EU and the British Government this morning signed up to a revised withdrawal agreement, but the DUP have said they will not consent to the deal.

    Midlands-Northwest MEP Mairead McGuinness - Vice President of the European Parliament  - says the new agreement needs to be approved both by the House of Commons and the European Parliament, so there's still a way to go....


    Brexit readiness for businesses and challenges to the agri sector are top priorities  for Ireland’s newest MEP for this region, Colm Markey, who officially began working in the role today.

    The former Louth County Councillor takes up his post as a member of the European Parliament for the Fine Gael Midlands North-West constituency at a plenary session in Brussels on Monday.

    He is replacing Mairead McGuinness following her appointment as EU Commissioner and will join his four Fine Gael MEP colleagues in the European People’s Party.

     MEP Markey says  he’s looking forward to hitting the ground running and working with my fellow Fine Gael MEPs on the issues that matter for Ireland.”

    Mr Markey officially became an MEP today (Friday) after the European Parliament received notification of his appointment from the clerk of the Dáil.

  • 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.