Midlands-North West constituency to gain seat in European Elections

The Midlands-North West constituency is set to gain a seat in next year’s European Elections, with counties Laois and Offaly being transferred from the South to Midlands-North West.

Making its recommendations to the Oireachtas on the make-up of Ireland’s electoral constituencies for next June’s European Parliament elections, An Coimisiún Toghcháin, Ireland’s independent electoral commission, has recommended that an additional (14th) MEP be allocated to Ireland to the Midlands-North West constituency, and that the counties of Laois and Offaly transfer from the South constituency into the Midlands.

The recommendations follow a month-long public consultation with submissions received from political parties, elected representatives and interested individuals.

The commission stated: “Our recommendation is to allocate this additional seat to the Midlands-North West constituency, making it a five-seater and bringing in the counties of Offaly and Laois into that constituency from the South. The Dublin constituency remains unchanged.

“As Ireland’s independent electoral commission, we have worked quickly to ensure this recommendation is brought forward ahead of the statutory schedule. It is now for the Oireachtas to consider and legislate appropriately”.