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2004 European Parliament election in Ireland

← 1999 11 June 2004 2009 →

13 seats to the European Parliament
Turnout59%
  First party Second party Third party
 
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Leader Enda Kenny Bertie Ahern Gerry Adams
Party Fine Gael Fianna Fáil Sinn Féin
Alliance EPP–ED UEN GUE/NGL
Leader since 2 June 2002 19 December 1994 1983
Last election 24.6%, 4 seats 38.6%, 6 seats 6.3%, 0 seats
Seats won
5 / 13
4 / 13
1 / 13
Seat change Increase1 Decrease2 Increase1
Popular vote 464,414 524,504 197,715
Percentage 27.8% 29.5% 11.1%
Swing Increase3.2% Decrease9.1% Increase4.8%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
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Leader Pat Rabbitte Trevor Sargent Joe Higgins
Party Labour Green Socialist Party
Alliance PES Greens/EFA
Leader since October 2002 6 November 2001
Last election 8.7%, 1 seat 6.7%, 2 seats 0.8%, 0 seats
Seats won
1 / 13
0 / 13
0 / 11
Seat change Steady 0 Decrease 2 Steady 0
Popular vote 188,132 76,917 23,218
Percentage 10.5% 4.3% 1.3%
Swing Increase1.8% Decrease 2.4% Increase 0.5%

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Colours indicate winning party.
Members of the
European Parliament

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List of women MEPs

The 2004 European Parliament election in Ireland was the Irish component of the 2004 European Parliament election. The voting was held on Friday, 11 June 2004. The election coincided with the 2004 local elections. The election was conducted under the single transferable vote.

Since the 1999 European Parliament election Ireland's entitlement had fallen from 15 seats to 13 seats due to European Union expansion and some constituencies boundaries and names were changed.

Results

The election was organised by city/county council area, the basis for the local elections being held simultaneously. Voters received different-coloured ballot papers for the European election, city/county council election, and a constitutional referendum, all of which went into the same ballot box and were separated by colour once the boxes arrived at the count centre for the city/county. Not all voters received all ballots as the franchises differ. The European ballots were all counted in one city/county, necessitating a second transportation of the separated ballots from the other city/county centres. For example, the East ballots were counted in Navan, County Meath.[1]

Elections to the European Parliament in Ireland – 2004
Party European party Party Leader 1st Pref Vote % ±% Seats ±
Fine Gael EPP-ED Enda Kenny 494,412 27.8 +3.2 5 +1
Fianna Fáil UEN Bertie Ahern 524,504 29.5 −9.1 4 −2
Sinn Féin GUE/NGL Gerry Adams 197,715 11.1 +4.8 1 +1
Labour Party PES Pat Rabbitte 188,132 10.5 +1.8 1 ±0
Green Party Greens/EFA Trevor Sargent 76,917 4.3 −2.4 0 −2
Socialist Party Joe Higgins 23,218 1.3 +0.5 0 ±0
Independent 275,870 15.5 +1.2 2 ±0
Total 1,780,768 100 13 –2

MEPs elected

Main article: List of members of the European Parliament for Ireland, 2004–2009

Constituency Name Party EP group
Dublin Gay Mitchell Fine Gael EPP–ED
Eoin Ryan Fianna Fáil UEN
Mary Lou McDonald Sinn Féin GUE/NGL
Proinsias De Rossa Labour PES
East Mairead McGuinness Fine Gael EPP–ED
Avril Doyle Fine Gael EPP–ED
Liam Aylward Fianna Fáil UEN
North-West Marian Harkin Independent ALDE
Seán Ó Neachtain Fianna Fáil UEN
Jim Higgins Fine Gael EPP–ED
South Brian Crowley Fianna Fáil UEN
Simon Coveney Fine Gael EPP–ED
Kathy Sinnott Independent IND/DEM

Voting details

2004–2009 European Parliament Ireland constituencies
2004–2009 European Parliament Ireland constituencies
Constituency Electorate Turnout Spoilt Valid Poll Quota Seats Candidates
Dublin 821,723 435,136 (52.9%) 13,239 (3.0%) 421,897 84,380 4 12
East 806,598 471,895 (58.5%) 18,717 (3.9%) 453,178 113,295 3 13
North-West 688,804 435,910 (63.3%) 14,487 (3.3%) 421,423 105,356 3 9
South 802,359 498,394 (62.1%) 14,124 (2.8%) 484,270 121,068 3 10
Total 3,119,484 1,841,335 (59.0%) 60,567 (3.3%) 1,780,768 13 44

Seats

Constituency Area Seats Pop. per Seat
Dublin Dublin 4 1.1m 275k
East Leinster less Dublin 3 1m 333k
South Munster less Clare 3 1m 333k
North-West Connacht plus Cavan, Donegal, Monaghan, Clare 3 800k 270k
Total 13 3.9m 300k

See also

References

  1. ^ Murphy, Tom (10 June 2004). "91,000 people are eligible to vote". Wicklow People. Retrieved 19 October 2018.