New Irish MEP constituencies announced

Wednesday 25 September 2013 22.40
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Ireland will have 11 MEPs after the next European election
Ireland will have 11 MEPs after the next European election
Ireland will be split into three constituencies for European Parliament elections under new recommendations
Ireland will be split into three constituencies for European Parliament elections under new recommendations

Ireland will be split into three constituencies for European Parliament elections under new recommendations by the European Parliament Constituencies Committee.

The change to constituency boundaries follows the reduction in the number of seats from 12 to 11.

A number of countries had the number of seats reduced in order to accommodate the admission of Croatia as the 28th member of the EU.

There is a sole Dublin constituency, while Leinster will be split into two. 

There will be a three-seat Dublin constituency consisting of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown; Fingal and South Dublin; and the city of Dublin.

A four-seat Midlands-North-West constituency with the counties of Cavan, Donegal, Galway, Kildare, Laois, Leitrim, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo and Westmeath.

The four-seat South constituency will include the counties of Carlow, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Kilkenny, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow.