European Electorate (pdf, 13kb)
Constituency Returning Officers
Count Centres for European Elections (pdf, 174kb)
Specimen Ballot Paper for European Elections
Candidate Expenditure and Donation Limits
Chief Returning Officer (pdf, 251kb)
Information Leaflet – How Ireland’s MEPs are Elected
Combined Polls Regulations
The European Parliament (external link) is elected to promote the interests of the citizens of the European Union. It has legislative and budgetary and supervisory powers through which it plays an important part in the EU legislative process, in shaping the annual EU budget and in the supervision of the economy.
Direct elections to the European Parliament are held every five years. Elections take place within a four day period, normally in the month of June (but in May 2014) throughout the European Union. The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government appoints the polling day and the polling period, which must be a least 12 hours between 7:00am andd 10:30pm.
In accordance with the European Council Decision of 28 June 2013 (2013/312/EU) 11 representatives to the European Parliament are to be elected in Ireland for the 2014-2019 parliamentary term. The European Parliament Elections (Amendment) Act 2014 (pdf, 239kb) provides for the implementation of the recommendations in the Report on European Parliament Constituencies 2013 - 11 seats across three constituencies.
2014 Elections – information at 26 May 2014
The European Elections were held in Ireland on Friday 23 May 2014.
Constituency Returning Officers count the votes and declare the results. The counting of votes commenced at 09.00 on Sunday 25 May 2014 at the three European Count Centres (pdf,174kb)
The Chief Returning Officer has made a return to the European Parliament of the persons elected.
Return to European Parliament of Persons Elected in Ireland (pdf, 223kb)
The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government will collate and publish the results in due course.
2014 European Parliament Election Results (pdf, 735kb)
The form of the European ballot paper is set out in rule 50 of the European Parliament Elections Act 1997 and Part 4 of the Schedule to the European Parliament Elections Regulations 2014, S.I. No. 39 of 2014.
A list of candidates for each constituency is on the notice of poll published by each Constituency Returning Officer.
The Electoral Act 1997 as amended, provides for the limitation of expenditure at a European election. The control of expenditure operates through a system of agents. Expenditure by a party at national level must be channelled through a national agent. An election agent is responsible for expenditure on behalf of each candidate. The spending limit for a candidate at a European election is 230,000 euro.
A statement in writing of all election expenses must be submitted to the Standards in Public Offices Commission within 56 days of polling day at the election. Statements are laid before each House of the Oireachtas.
MEPs are required to furnish a donation statement to the Standards in Public Office Commission each year indicating whether a donation exceeding 600 euro was received during the year and giving particulars of any such donation. A donation consists of any contribution made for political purposes and may include money, property, goods or services. Following a European Parliament election, unsuccessful candidates must furnish a similar statement in relation to donations received by them at the election.
A member of the European Parliament or a candidate at a European election must open a political donations account in a financial institution if they receive a monetary donation which exceeds 100 euro. The annual statement of a member or the statement of an unsuccessful candidate must be accompanied by a statement from the financial institution and a certificate stating that all monetary donations received were lodged to the account and that all amounts deducted from the account were used for political purposes.
A member of the European Parliament or a candidate at a European election may not accept a donation which exceeds 1,000 euro in any year from the same donor. Donations in cash which exceed 200 euro are also prohibited. Acceptance of anonymous donations exceeding 100 euro is prohibited and any such donations must be surrendered to the Standards in Public Office Commission.
On 15 May 2014 the Minister made “combined polls regulations” to facilitate the taking together of the polls at the European Parliament elections, Dáil bye-elections and local elections on the same day, 23 May 2014. The Regulations cover matters such as returning officers, public notices, polling information cards, voting at polling stations, postal voting, special voting and the counting of the votes.
- How Ireland's MEPs are Elected (pdf, 344 kb)
- How Ireland's MEPs are Elected - Czech (pdf, 413 kb)
- How Ireland's MEPs are Elected - French (pdf, 401 kb)
- How Ireland's MEPs are Elected - German (pdf, 377 kb)
- How Ireland's MEPs are Elected - Hungarian (pdf, 410 kb)
- How Ireland's MEPs are Elected - Italian (pdf, 343 kb)
- How Ireland's MEPs are Elected - Latvian (pdf, 444 kb)
- How Ireland's MEPS are Elected -Lithuanian (pdf, 400 kb)
- How Ireland's MEPs are Elected - Polish (pdf, 456 kb)
- How Ireland's MEPs are Elected - Portugese (pdf, 344 kb)
- How Ireland's MEPS are Elected - Romanian (pdf, 408 kb)
- How Ireland's MEPs are Elected - Slovakian (pdf, 455 kb)
- How Ireland's MEPs are Elected - Spanish (pdf, 344 kb)
- 2009 European Parliament Election Results (pdf, 2,301 kb)
- more publications
- 22/05/14: European and Local Elections Dáil Bye-Elections
- 12/05/14: Electors with Physical Illness or Physical Disability
- 02/05/14: Dublin West and Longford -Westmeath Bye-Elections
- 11/04/14: European and Local Elections Friday 23rd May 2014
- Electoral(Amendment(No 4) Bill 2014 (pdf, 415 kb)
- SI 204 of 2014 - Electoral Act 1992 (Section 165) Regulations 2014 (pdf, 150 kb)
- Election Expenses Order - SI No. 144 of 2014 (pdf, 38 kb)
- SI 100 of 2014 - Local Elections (Forms) Regulations 2014 (pdf, 266 kb)
- European Parliament Elections (Amendment) Act 2014 (pdf, 349 kb)
- SI 39 of 2014 - European Parliament Elections Regulations 2014 (pdf, 312 kb)
- SI 35 fo 2014 - Electoral (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (pdf, 105 kb)
- more legislation