Time to stop hurling from the ditch – Why I joined the Green Party

As many of you may know, I was a long time member of Fine Gael. Joining the party when I was an 18 year old student in UCC. I remained a member for many years, and was elected to positions Nationally withing Young Fine Gael and at constituency level in Fine Gael, up until Leo Varadkar was elected leader. Following Leo’s election I did not renew my membership for a number of reasons, but Leo’s politics and policies, as well as the direction Fine Gael was heading (to the right) gave me cause to be concerned so I stepped back.

As a member of the liberal wing of the wing of the party, this didn’t surprise many.

Now those who know me, know I am political and I will always have an interest in politics and I will always be involved in campaigns and referendums locally and nationally and during the recent local elections I was honoured to be asked to be a Director of Elections for a friend in a neighbouring Local Electoral Area.

But when it came for me to vote in my own area I felt I couldn’t vote Fine Gael #1. I felt we as a City, Country and across the world we face a much bigger issue.

Climate Breakdown.

If you prefer to call it Climate Change, that’s fine. But this is something we can no longer ignore in my view. We need to step up and do more. And for me to play my part I have joined the party I voted for in the local elections.

An Comhartas Glas – The Green Party

In my opinion we need politicians who are not afraid to take the hard the decisions. To put the climate and the environment first, because we don’t get a second try at this.

People are switching on to this. School children are protesting on this and that should wake us up. Extinction Rebellion and others are doing their part. It’s comes up more and more in discussions at work, at home and at church (where there is an Eco-Congregation Group).

We need to do more on public transport, on cycling, on renewable energy, sustainable development and so much more. I hope that I can play a small part in this and I look forward to working with friends in the Green Party to try and change things.

So here is to a Green Future!

Candidates for Cork County Council

Huge thanks to Rob Burton O’Sullivan for putting this together @journalistrob on twitter
This is the third of three posts listing the candidates for the both Councils for May’s local elections, this time focusing on the candidates in the county councils.
Due to changes in the electoral boundaries, a number of candidates who had previously sat on the county council will now be running in one of the newly expanded city LEAs. There are now two additional municipal areas, making for a total of ten.
2 sitting councillors will be stepping down at this election; 1 in Kanturk, and 1 in Bantry.

  • Timmy Collins – Independent – Kanturk
  • Mary Hegarty – Fine Gael – Bantry

A number of incumbent county councillors are now candidates in the city council elections; 6 in the Ballincollig-Carrigaline (the area now just representing Carrigaline, as Ballincollig was absorbed by Cork City South West), and 2 in Cobh-Glanmire (the area now just representing Cobh, as Glanmire was absorbed by Cork City North East).

  • Mary Rose Desmond – Fianna Fáil – Ballincollig-Carrigaline
  • Daithi O’Donnabháin – Fianna Fáil – Ballincollig-Carrigaline
  • Deirdre Forde – Fine Gael – Ballincollig-Carrigaline
  • Derry Canty – Fine Gael – Ballincollig-Carrigaline
  • Eoghan Jeffers – Sinn Féin – Ballincollig-Carrigaline
  • Joe Harris – Social Democrats – Ballincollig-Carrigaline
  • Diarmuid O’Cadhla – HRRA – Cobh-Glanmire
  • Ger Keohane – Independent – Cobh-Glanmire
  • Kevin Conway – Independent – Blarney – Macroom

* Denotes Sitting City or County Cllr
Last updated 1st May

Carrigaline (6 seats)

  • Audrey Buckley – Fianna Fáil
  • Michael Corcoran – Fianna Fáil
  • Marcia D’Alton – Ind*
  • Ben Dalton O’Sullivan – Independent
  • Aidan Lombard – Fine Gael*
  • Seamus McGrath – Fianna Fáil*
  • Michael Murphy – Sinn Féin*
  • Michael Murtagh – Fine Gael
  • Liam O’Connor – Fine Gael
  • Catríona Reid – Green Party
  • John Weldon – Aontú

Bandon-Kinsale (6 seats)

  • Dermot Brennan – Fianna Fáil
  • Gillian Coughlan – Fianna Fáil*
  • Alan Coleman – Independent*
  • Noel Harrington – Sinn Féin
  • Cormac Hayes – Independent
  • Kevin Murphy – Fine Gael*
  • Sean O’Donovan – Fianna Fail
  • Pat O’Regan – Independent
  • John O’Sullivan – Fine Gael*
  • Marie O’Sullivan – Fine Gael
  • Gorden Reid – Green Party
  • Mairéad Ruane – Aontú
  • Gerard Seaman – Fine Gael

Macroom (6 seats)

  • Áine Collins – Fine Gael
  • Martin Coughlan -Independent
  • Michael Creed – Fine Gael*
  • Nigel Dennehy – Independent
  • PJ Feeney – Aontú
  • Jason Fitzgerald – Fianna Fail
  • Mary Hallissey – Independent
  • Michael Looney – Fianna Fáil
  • Ted Lucey – Fine Gael*
  • Eileen Lynch – Fine Gael
  • Ronnie Morley – Sinn Féin*
  • Gobnait Moynihan – Fianna Fáil*
  • Síle Ní Dhubhghaill – Social Democrats

Cobh (6 seats)

  • Anthony Barry – Fine Gael
  • Ken Curtin – Social Democrats
  • Karen Doyle – Independent4Change
  • Peter Kidney – Independent
  • Louise Murphy – Sinn Féin
  • Alan O’Connor – Green Party
  • Sean O’Connor – Independent
  • Padraig O’Sullivan – Fianna Fáil*
  • Cathal Rasmussen – Labour*
  • John Paul Reilly – Fianna Fáil
  • Sinead Sheppard – Fine Gael*

Midleton (7 seats)

  • Michael Ahern – Fianna Fáil*
  • Noel Collins – Ind*
  • Rosarii Griffin – Fianna Fáil
  • Michael Hegarty – Fine Gael*
  • Mary Linehan Foley – Ind*
  • Susan McCarthy – Fine Gael*
  • Martin Murray – Independent
  • Shane Neville – Sinn Féin
  • Eric Nolan – Labour
  • James O’Connor – Fianna Fáil
  • John Phillips – Fine Gael
  • Danielle Twomey – Sinn Féin*
  • Liam Quaide – Green Party

Fermoy (6 seats)

  • Kay Dawson – Fine Gael*
  • David Kenneally – Labour
  • Noel McCarthy – Fine Gael*
  • June Murphy – Social Democrats*
  • Deirdre O’Brien – Fianna Fáil*
  • Frank O’Flynn – Fianna Fáil*
  • William O’Leary – Fianna Fáil
  • Frank Roche – Independent
  • Helen White – Sinn Féin

Kanturk (4 seats)

  • Ted Bradley – Green Party
  • Ian Doyle – Fianna Fáil*
  • Ado Mazombe – Independent
  • Lillian Meade – Sinn Féin
  • Bernard Moynihan – Fianna Fáil*
  • Gerard Murphy – Fine Gael*
  • John Paul O’Shea – Fine Gael*
  • Paddy Scully – Aontú

Mallow (5 seats)

  • James Kennedy – Labour
  • Pat Hayes – Fianna Fáil
  • Liam Madden – Fine Gael
  • Cian Moriarty – Fine Gael
  • Melissa Mullane – Sinn Féin*
  • Gearóid Murphy – Fianna Fáil*
  • Tony O’Shea – Fine Gael

Bantry (4 seats)

  • Danny Collins – Independent*
  • Lorraine Deane-Ross – Aontú
  • John Dineen – Fine Gael
  • George A. Gill – Fianna Fáil
  • Finbarr Harrington – Independent
  • Noel Harrington – Fine Gael*
  • Holly McKeever Cairns – Social Democrats
  • Katie Murphy – Fine Gael
  • Patrick Murphy – Fianna Fáil*
  • Donnchadh Ó Seaghdha – Sinn Féin

Clonakilty-Skibbereen (5 seats)

  • Yvonne Cahalane – Fine Gael
  • Joe Carroll – Fianna Fáil
  • Karen Coakley – Fine Gael
  • Sean Creedon – Aontú
  • Evie Nevin – Social Democrats
  • Paul Hayes – Sinn Féin*
  • Declan Hurley – Independent*
  • Yousef Janab Ali – Independent
  • Deirdre Kelly – Fianna Fáil
  • Brendan McCormack – Independent
  • Christopher O’Sullivan – Fianna Fáil*
  • Vanessa O’Sullivan – People Before Profit
  • JJ Walsh – Fine Gael

Candidates for Cork City Council – Southside LEA’s

This is the second of two posts listing the candidates for the Cork City Council for May’s local elections.

In this post,I will be looking at the three enlarged Local Electoral Areas on the Southside of Cork City. With the Boundary Extension, the south LEA’s now take in Douglas, Frankfield and Ballincollig.

6 sitting councillors will be stepping down at this election; 1 in Central, 3 in South East and 2 in South West.

  • Tom O’Driscoll – Fianna Fail – Cork South Cental
  • Laura McGonigle – Fine Gael – Cork South East
  • Nicolas O’Keeffe – Fianna Fail – Cork South East
  • Shane O’Shea – Sinn Finn – Cork South East
  • John Buttimer – Fine Gael – Cork South West
  • Mary Shields – Fianna Fail – Cork South West

* Denotes Sitting City or County Cllr

Last updated 7th May

Cork South Central (6 Seats)

  • Dan Boyle – Green Party
  • David Boyle – Fianna Fail
  • Sean Cronin – Independent
  • Paudie Dineen – Independent*
  • Luke Field – Labour
  • Mick Finn – Independent*
  • Suzanne Hegarty – Independent
  • Eoghan Jeffers – Sinn Fein*
  • Ciaran Kenneally – Ind
  • Fiona Kerins – Sinn Fein*
  • Sean Martin – Fianna Fail*
  • Lekha Menon Margassery – Independent
  • Michael Mohally – HRRA
  • Patricia O’Dwyer – Social Democrats
  • Shane O’Callaghan – Fine Gael
  • Graham O’Shea – Independent
  • Maurice Joseph Sexton – Independent

Cork South East (6 Seats)

  • Lorna Bogue – Green Party
  • Des Cahill – Fine Gael*
  • Anna Daly – Aontú
  • Mary Rose Desmond – Fianna Fail*
  • Ed Fitzgerald – People Before Profit
  • Deirdre Forde – Fine Gael*
  • Joe Harris – Social Democrats*
  • Peter Horgan – Labour
  • Kieran McCarthy – Independent*
  • Diarmaid Ó Cadhla – HRRA*
  • Chris O’Leary – Sinn Fein*
  • Terry Shannon – Fianna Fail*

Cork South West (7 Seats)

  • Derry Canty – Fine Gael*
  • Henry Cremin – Sinn Fein*
  • Fergal Dennehy – Fianna Fail*
  • Tjitske de Vries – People Before Profit
  • Shane Fallon – Fianna Fáil
  • Collette Finn – Green Party
  • Artur Górnik – Independent
  • Shirley Griffin – HRRA
  • PJ Hourican – Fine Gael*
  • Colm Kelleher – Fianna Fail*
  • Garrett Kelleher – Fine Gael
  • Ciara Kennedy – Labour
  • Thomas Kiely – HRRA
  • Ciaran McCarthy – Social Democrats
  • Thomas Moloney -Independent*
  • Joanna Murphy – Aontú
  • Sinead Ronan – Fine Gael
  • Eolan Ryng – Sinn Fein

Note: Cllr Daithí Ó Donnabhain was a candidate for Fianna Fail in Cork South West, but withdrew prior to nominations.

Candidates for Cork City Council – Northside LEA’s

This is the first of two posts listing the candidates for the Cork City Council for May’s local elections.

With the new boundary extension, the number of Local Electoral Area’s on the Northside have been reduced from three to two, Cork North East and Cork North West. Both LEA’s have 6 seats. These areas include areas brought into the city including Glanmire and Blarney.

Two councillors from the Northside of the City will be stepping down at this election, one from each LEA

  • Stephen Cunningham – Sinn Fein – Cork North East
  • Marion O’Sullivan – Solidarity – Cork North West

* Denotes Sitting City or County Cllr

Last updated 7th May

Cork North East (6 seats)

  • Carol Brogan – Solidarity
  • Tim Brosnan – Fianna Fail*
  • Martin Dorgan – Fianna Fail
  • Sinéad Halpin – Social Democrats
  • Joe Kavanagh – Fine Gael*
  • Ger Keohane – Independent*
  • John Maher – Labour
  • Oliver Moran – Green Party
  • Noreen Murphy – Independent
  • Mick Nugent – Sinn Fein*
  • Kenneth O’Flynn – Fianna Fail*
  • Risteárd Ó Glaímhín – HRRA
  • Mandy O’Leary-Hegarty – Sinn Fein
  • Lorraine O’Neill – Fine Gael
  • Sean Patrick O’Sullivan – Independent
  • Mobolaji Taiwo Ajisafe – Independent
  • Ted Tynan – Workers Party*

Cork North West (6 seats)

  • Damien Boylan – Fine Gael
  • Luke Carroll – Labour
  • Catherine Coffey – Workers Party
  • Sean Coleman – Fianna Fail
  • Kenneth Collins – Sinn Fein*
  • Sandra Condon – Independent
  • Kevin Conway – Ind*
  • Mark Cronin – Green Party
  • Tony Fitzgerald – Fianna Fail*
  • Thomas Gould – Sinn Fein*
  • Timothy J Hogan – Independent
  • Martina Murphy – HRRA
  • Joe O’Callaghan – Independent
  • Julie O’Leary – Fine Gael
  • Fiona Ryan – Solidarity*
  • John Sheehan – Fianna Fail*
  • John Stanton -Sinn Fein
  • Finian Toomey – Aontú

Candidates for the European Parliament Elections in Ireland

On the 24th of May Ireland will go to the polls to elect 13 MEP’s to the European Parliament. This is an increase of 2 seats on the 2014 elections due to the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

These seats will be distributed across the three constituencies as follows

  • Dublin – 4 seats (+1)
  • Midlands – Northwest – 4 seats (no change)
  • South – 5 seats (+1)

Four sitting MEPS have confirmed that they will be stepping down at this election

  • Nessa Childers – Independent (Dublin)
  • Brian Crowley – Fianna Fail (South)
  • Brain Hayes – Fine Gael (Dublin)
  • Markian Harkin – Independent (Midlands-NorthWest)

The following are the candidates selected to run in each constituency.

Nominations have now closed.

Last updated 15th April 2019

DUBLIN

  • Barry Andrews – Fianna Fail
  • Lynn Boylan – Sinn Fein (Sitting MEP)
  • Gillian Brien – People Before Profit
  • Ciaran Cuffe – Green Party
  • Clare Daly – Independents for Change
  • Mark Durkan – Fine Gael
  • Frances Fitzgerald – Fine Gael
  • Gary Gannon – Social Democrats
  • Ben Gilroy – Ind
  • Rita Harrold – Solidarity
  • Alice-Mary Higgins – Ind
  • Herman Kelly – Irexit
  • Tony Bosco Louth – Ind
  • Aisling McNiffe – Ind
  • Mark Mullan – Ind
  • Eamonn Murphy – Ind
  • Gemma O’Doherty – Ind
  • Eilis Ryan – Workers Party
  • Alex White – Labour

MIDLANDS – NORTHWEST

  • Cyril Brennan – People Before Profit
  • Matt Carthy – Sinn Fein (Sitting MEP)
  • Peter Casey – Independent
  • Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan – Independent (Sitting MEP)
  • Patrick Greene – DDI
  • Dominic Hannigan – Labour
  • Fidelma Healy Eames – Independent
  • Dilip Mahapatra – Independent
  • Mairead McGuiness – Fine Gael (Sitting MEP)
  • Saoirse McHugh – Green Party
  • James Miller – Ind
  • Diarmuid Mulcahy – Ind
  • Olive O’Connor – Ind
  • Michael O’Dowd – Renua
  • Anne Rabbitte – Fianna Fail
  • Brendan Smith – Fianna Fail
  • Maria Walsh – Fine Gael

SOUTH

  • Allan Brennan – Ind
  • Malcolm Byrne – Fianna Fail
  • Delores Cahill – Irexit
  • Deirdre Clune – Fine Gael (Sitting MEP)
  • Andrew Doyle – Fine Gael
  • Paddy Fitzgerald – Independent
  • Breda Gardner -Independent
  • Theresa Heaney – Catholic Democrats
  • Billy Kelleher – Fianna Fail
  • Sean Kelly – Fine Gael (Sitting MEP)
  • Peter Madden – Ind
  • Liam Minehan – Ind
  • Liadha Ni Riadha – Sinn Fein (Sitting MEP)
  • Sheila Nunan – Labour
  • Diarmuid O’Flynn – Ind
  • Peter O’Loughlin – Identity Ireland
  • Grace O’Sullivan – Green Party
  • Walter Ryan Purcell – Ind
  • Maurice Joseph Sexton – Ind
  • Jan Van De Ven – DDI
  • Adrianne Wallace – People Before Profit
  • Mick Wallace – Independents for Change
  • Colleen Worthington – Ind

Irish Presidential Election 2018

Its official as of this week the Irish Presidential Election will take place on Friday, October 26th. On the same-day, there will vote on Thirty-seventh Amendment of the Constitution (Repeal of offence of publication or utterance of blasphemous matter) Bill 2018.

A number of candidates are vying to get on the on the ticket to challenge sitting President Michael D Higgins. There are three ways to get on the ballot paper, a sitting President (or former President who served only one term) may nominate themselves, nomination by 20 members of the Oireachtas or by nomination by 4 local authorities.

Fine Gael and Fianna Fail have both said they will not be nominating a candidate and will be supporting the President. Labour who nominated Michael D Higgins in 2011 are supporting him in this election.

Sinn Fein will also be announcing a candidate. They have a process in train and will announce a candidate on the 10th of September.

The last Presidential election in 2011 had a record 7 candidates, this year could equal that or exceed it providing that the independents in the Dail and Seanad agree on a candidate and the county councils nominate the maximum number of candidates. There are 31 councils (26 County Councils, 3 City Councils and 2 City & County Councils), 4 per candidate meaning 6 possible candidates from this route, as well as the incumbent and the Sinn Fein Nominee, meaning a possible 8 candidates from the 11 announced so far.

I hope to keep this post updated as nominations come in before the deadline on September 26th

So who are the candidates?

Confirmed

Nominations Received (4 councils or 20 Oireachtas members needed)

Looking for Nominations

  • Peter Casey – Businessman
  • Patrick Feeney – Retired Aer Lingus Worker
  • Mannix Flynn – Independent Councillor on Dublin City Council
  • John Groake – Farmer
  • Marie Goretti Moylan – Volunteer
  • Sarah Lousie Mulligan – Entertainer
  • Gemma O’Doherty – Journalist
  • Kevin Sharkey – Artist
  • James Smyth – Musician

Possible Sinn Fein Candidates

  • John Finucane – Solicitor
  • Liadh Ni Riada – MEP

Withdrawn Candidates

Taoiseach’s Seanad Nominees announced

Seanad_Alan-BetsonThis evening the Taoiseach’s 11 nominees to Seanad Eireann were announced. They are as follows:

  • Paudie Coffey (former Senator, Dáil Deputy and Minister of State)
  • Joan Freeman (Founder of Pieta House)
  • Michelle Mulherin (former Dáil Deputy)
  • Ray Butler (former Dáil Deputy)
  • Frank Feighan (former Senator and Dáil Deputy)
  • John O’Mahony (former Dáil Deputy)
  • Dr James Reilly (Former TD and Minister)
  • Billy Lawless (advocate for Irish immigrants in the U.S.)
  • Colette Kelleher (CEO Alzheimers Ireland)
  • Pádraig Ó Céidigh (Businessman)
  • Marie-Louise O’Donnell (Former Senator)

Joan Freeman, Colette Kelleher and Pádraig Ó Céidigh were all nominated by the request of Fianna Fail.

One are that has been completely overlooked is that now Tipperary is the only county in Ireland which does not have a Fine Gael national representative. This will make it hard for Fine Gael to regain a seat in this constituency.

The first meeting of the new Seanad will take place on Wednesday 8 June at 3pm.

Ministers of State Announced

ministersofstate2016Today an Taoiseach Enda Kenny announced the appointments of Junior Ministers which were agreed at Cabinet today. They are as follows

  • Minister of State for European Affairs, Data Protection and the E.U. Single Digital Market– Dara Murphy, Cork North Central, (Departments of the Taoiseach, Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Justice and Equality)
  • Minister of State for Financial Services, eGovernment and Public Procurement – Eoghan Murphy, Dublin Bay South, (Departments of Finance, and Public Expenditure and Reform)
  • Minister of State for Tourism and Sport – Patrick O’Donovan, Limerick County, (Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport)
  • Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal – Damien English, Meath West, (Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government)
    5. Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources – Sean Kyne, Galway West, (Departments of Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht, and Climate Change, Communications and Natural Resources)
  • Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture – Andrew Doyle, Wicklow, (Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine)
  • Minister of State for Employment and Small Business– Pat Breen, Clare, (Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation)
  • Minister of State for Training and Skills – John Halligan, Waterford, (Departments of Education, and Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation)
  • Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People – Helen McEntee, Meath East, (Department of Health)
  • Minister of State for Health Promotion – Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, Offaly, (Department of Health)
  • Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief– Sean Canney, Galway East, (Department of Public Expenditure and Reform)
  • Minister of State for the Diaspora and Overseas Development Aid – Joe McHugh, Donegal (Departments of the Taoiseach, and Foreign Affairs and Trade)
  • Regional Economic Development – Michael Ring, Mayo, (Department of Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht)
  • Minister of State for Communities and the National Drugs Strategy– Catherine Byrne, Dublin South-Central, (Health, and Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht)
  • Minister of State for Justice with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration, and Integration – David Stanton, Cork East, (Department of Justice and Equality)

    These appointments are in addition to the three Ministers of State who were appointed when the Government was formed – Regina Doherty, Finian McGrath and Paul Kehoe.

The total number of Junior Ministers now stand at 18. Of those 3 are Independent TDs (Finian McGrath, John Halligan and Sean Canney) and the other 15 are members of Fine Gael.

Ireland to get a new Government

Enda Kenny is set to make history on today when he is re-elected Taoiseach, the first Fine Gael Taoiseach to do so. Dáil Eireann will meet today at 12pm to vote on the nomination following the successful negotiations with Fianna Fail and Independent TDs.

After first negotiating a Confidence and Supply Agreement in the ‘Trinity Talks’ with Fianna Fáil, a series of deals were then completed with a range of Independent TDs. Some Independent TDs including Dublin South West TD Katherine Zappone, Roscommon-Galway TD Denis Naughton and Dublin Rathdown TD Shane Ross are also expected to made ministers. Continue reading “Ireland to get a new Government”

The New European Parliament

eu flagsFollowing last month’s European Elections the European Parliament will meet on July 1st to constitute itself and elect its new President. Most commentators expect that the two largest groups, the European People’s Party and the Socialist and Democrats, will continue their alliance and split the presidency again between them.

So how did the groups fair? 

The European Parliament now consists of 751 MEPs down 15 from the 766 MEPs in the last parliament. There has been some changes of Group compositions with newly elected parties and independents joining groups and some parties changing groups. The Groups now stand as follows:

  • EPP: 221 (-53)
  • S&D: 191 (-4)
  • ECR: 63 (+7)
  • ALDE: 59 (-26)
  • Greens/EFA: 54 (-4)
  • GUE/NGL: 52 (+17)
  • EFD: 32 (-1)
  • NI: 79

In Ireland Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and Sinn Fein have remained with their respective groups (EPP, S&D & GUE/NGL) and Independent Marian Harkin has also remained with ALDE.

Independent Nessa Childers has been readmitted to the S&D Group ensuring they are represented in every member state after Labour’s wipe-out at the elections. Independent Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagen has joined Sinn Fein in the GUE/NGL group. The Socialist Party failed to retain it’s MEP.

That means the groups stand as follows in the Irish Delegation:

  • EPP: 4 (-)
  • S&D: 1 (-2)
  • ALDE: 2 (-2)
  • GUE/NGL: 4 (+4)

Commission President – Parliament v European Council

After electing the President and 14 Vice Presidents of the Parliament the next task will be voting for the European Commission President. While the EPP and S&D leadership are backing Jean Claude-Juncker they dont have complete control of their groups. With UK Labour opposing Junker’s candidacy, neither party can afford to lose support on this vote.

  • Needed for a Majority: 376
  • EPP + S&D: 412
  • EPP + S&D -UKLab: 392

16 votes would be quite close. But of course Junker will have to emerge as the European Council Nominee first, a battle in itself, before any such vote will take place in the European Parliament.