A total of 59 candidates have declared to contest the European Parliament election across the three Irish constituencies.
There are a number of farmers on the ballot papers. Current Minister of State for Agriculture and Wicklow suckler farmer Andrew Doyle will be running in the Ireland South constituency.
He will be joined by a farmer from Co Tipperary, Liam Minehan, and a retired farmer, Paddy FitzGerald. Both are running as independents.
The North-West constituency will see the three Irish MEPs currently sitting on the European Parliament’s agriculture committee, Mairead McGuinness, Matt Carthy and Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan, stand for election again.
They will be joined by Saoirse McHugh from Achill Island in Co Mayo. She will be running for the Green Party and describes herself as a “sustainable farming advocate”.
Serving Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan and former Minister for Agriculture Brendan Smith will also be contesting the European elections in the Midlands North-West constituency.
In the Midlands North-West constituency, comprising counties Leitrim, Monaghan, Donegal, Cavan, Louth, Galway, Roscommon, Mayo, Sligo, Kildare, Meath, Longford and Westmeath, 14 candidates have declared.Cyril Brennan (Solidarity-People before Profit).Matt Carthy (Sinn Féin).Peter Casey (Independent).Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan (Independent).Patrick Greene (Direct Democracy Ireland).Dominic Hannigan (Labour).Fidelma Healy Eames (Independent).Dilip Mahapatra (Independent).Mairead McGuinness (Fine Gael).Saoirse McHugh (Green Party).James Miller (Independent).Diarmaid Mulcahy (Independent).Olive O'Connor (Independent).Michael O’Dowd (Renua).Anne Rabbitte (Fianna Fáil).Brendan Smith (Fianna Fáil).Maria Walsh (Fine Gael).
Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy, Independents Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan and Marian Harkin and Fine Gael’s Mairead McGuinness are the outgoing MEPs. Marian Harkin has chosen not to stand again.
In the Ireland South constituency, comprising counties Carlow, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Kilkenny, Laois, Offaly, Tipperary, Wexford, Wicklow, Limerick and Waterford, 23 candidates have declared. Allan Brennan (Independent).Malcolm Byrne (Fianna Fáil).Dolores Cahill (Independent).Deirdre Clune (Fine Gael).Andrew Doyle (Fine Gael).Paddy Fitzgerald (Independent).Breda Patricia Gardner (Independent).Theresa Heaney (Independent).Billy Kelleher (Fianna Fáil).Sean Kelly (Fine Gael).Peter Madden (Independent).Liam Minehan (Independent).Liadh ni Ríada (Sinn Féin).Sheila Nunan (Labour).Diarmuid O’Flynn (Independent).Peter O’Loughlin (Identity Ireland).Grace O’Sullivan (Green Party).Walter Ryan-Purcell (Independent).Joseph Sexton (Independent).Jan Van De Ven (Direct Democracy Ireland).Adrienne Wallace (Solidarity-People before Profit).Mick Wallace (Independents for Change).Colleen Worthington (Independent).
Deirdre Clune and Sean Kelly, Liada Ní Riada and Brian Crowley are the outgoing MEPs. Brian Crowley will not be standing again.
In Dublin, 19 candidates have been declared.Barry Andrews (Fianna Fáil).Lynn Boylan (Sinn Féin).Gillen Brien (Solidarity People before Profit).Ciarán Cuffe (Green Party).Clare Daly (Independents for Change).Mark Durkan (Fine Gael).Frances Fitzgerald (Fine Gael).Gary Gannon (Social Democrats).Ben Gilroy (Independent).Rita Harrold (Solidarity-People before Profit).Alice Mary Higgins (Independent).Hermann Kelly (Independent).Tony Bosco Lowth (Independent).Aisling McNiffe (Independent).Mark Mullan (Independent).Eamonn Murphy (Independent).Gemma O’Doherty (Independent).Eilis Ryan (The Workers Party).Alex White (Labour).
The outgoing MEPs are Brian Hayes, Lynn Boylan and Nessa Childers. Only Lynn Boylan is standing again.