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Meet your candidates: Ireland South's hopefuls answer the big questions of the campaign

European Candidates for the Ireland South constituency answer questions on nine of the election’s most topical issues.

COVERING 12 COUNTIES, the Ireland South constituency is the most hotly contested race in this year’s European elections. With five seats on offer, 23 candidates have put themselves forward. 

2019 marks the first year since the 1994 election that incumbent Brian Crowley will not appear on the ballot paper. Having topped the poll every election since, his absence means the constituency is guaranteed at least one new face. 

The Candidates 

If you can’t see the full list of 23 candidates, please click here. 


In advance of the vote, asked all 23 candidates their position on nine of the most topical issues arising during this election period. All the candidates who answered‘s audit are featured in each of the articles below. 


What’s the one thing you think you could realistically achieve at European level that would affect people’s day-to-day life in Ireland?


Do you want Brexit to happen? Should Ireland make concessions on the backstop?

EU Army 

Are you in favour of an EU Army?

Daylight Savings 

Are you in favour of scrapping Daylight Savings Time? If so, would you stick with wintertime or summertime?

Corporation Tax

Do you want Ireland to maintain its current corporation tax regime?

Climate Change 

Should Ireland increase its carbon tax? What other climate change measures should Ireland introduce?


Should Ireland increase the number of asylum seekers and refugees it takes in annually to share the burden more with EU countries most impacted by the migrant crisis?


What would you change about Europe’s agricultural policy?

The Future

If elected, do you promise to sit for the entire five-year term?

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