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FORMER IRISH WOMEN MEMBERS OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

This page lists all former Irish women members of the European Parliament since direct elections were first held in 1979, and gives a breakdown by party (Table 2) and in total (Table 3) of the Irish MEPs returned at each election. Between 1957 and 1979 the Parliamentary Assembly or Parliament (as it was called from 1962) was constituted of delegates from national parliaments chosen by their national parties. Ireland had ten seats between 1973 and 1979 but no women were among the delegates nominated.

Table 1: Former Irish women MEPs (as at 25 October 2010)

Name

Party

Constituency

Dates

Síle de Valera *

Fianna Fáil

Dublin

1979-84

Eileen Desmond

Labour

Munster

1979-84

Eileen Lemass *

Fianna Fáil

Dublin

1984-89

Bernie Malone

Labour

Dublin

1994-99

Avril Doyle

Fine Gael

East

1999-2009

Mary Lou McDonald

Sinn Fein

Dublin

2004-2009

Kathy Sinnott

Independent

South

2004-2009


Table 2: Irish European election results by gender and party, 1979 to 1999

Date

Women

Men

% Women

Fianna Fáil

1979

1

4

20..

1984

1

7

13..

1989

0

6

0

1994

0

7

0

1999

0

6

0

2004

0

4

0

2009

0

3

0

Fine Gael

1979

0

4

..0

1984

1

5

17

1989

1

3

25

1994

1

3

25

1999

2

2

50

2004

2

3

40

2009

1

3

25

Labour

1979

1

3

33

1984

0

0

NA

1989

0

1

..0

1994

1

0

100..

1999

0

1

..0

2004

0

1

..0

2009

1

2

..33

Others

1979

0

2

0

1984

0

1

0

1989

0

4

0

1994

2

1

66..

1999

3

1

75..

2004

3

0

100..

2009

1

1

50..


Table 3: Irish European election results by gender, 1979 to 1999

Election

Women

Men

Women’s %

1979

2

13

13

1984

2

13

13

1989

1

14

..7

1994

4

11

27

1999

5

10

33

2004

5

8

38

2009

3

9

25

 


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