Brian Crowley has topped the poll in Munster in every election he has contested.
In the European Elections (South) he topped the poll in 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009. Such consistency makes him one of the most successful public representatives in Irish electoral history. In the last election in June 2009, despite a swing against his party, he received 118,258 first preference votes, making him once again the biggest vote getter in Ireland.
His career as a public representative began back in 1993 with a Senate appointment by the then Taoiseach, Albert Reynolds, “to be a voice for all those who have no voice”.
Born in 1964, he is a wheelchair user since the age of sixteen after an accidental fall from a building left him paralysed from the hips down. Some years later he also survived another near death experience in a car accident.
Brian Crowley has served on President McAleese’s Council of State and is now the longest serving Irish MEP in Europe.
A member of the ALDE Political Group in the EU, (Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe), Brian Crowley sits on the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. He is a member of the Delegation for Relations with the United States and also a substitute member of the Committee on Legal Affairs.
A proven track record and experience of how the EU works has made him very successful in the areas of economic aid, employment opportunity, healthcare, benefits for the retired and the unemployed, urban and agricultural supports, education, research and development – for his constituents in Ireland South.
Ireland is now part of an EU community of 27 countries and 500 million people – and Brian Crowley has been an influential performer there for the past 16 years.