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Limerick City: First Labour councilor elected

Kathryn Hayes

Published 25/05/2014 | 14:31

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The Labour Party has seen its first local Councillor elected in Limerick following the success of first time candidate Frankie Daly.

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The 28-year-old youth justice work came up with a novel way to reach voters when he floated a campaign raft with his poster onto the River Shannon.

The former under age rugby international said the move was inspired by the late Jim Kemmy who pulled a similar stunt in 1977 before the harbourmaster warned him to remove the raft as a potential risk to navigation.

The 28-year-old is the first Labour councillor to be elected to the new Limerick local authority.

He was elected in the Limerick City North area following the 10th count which saw sitting Labour Councillor Tom Shortt eliminated.

Former Limerick mayor and Fianna Fáil Councillor Kieran O'Hanlon has just been elected in the Limerick City East area bringing to 16 the number of councillors now elected to the new 40 seat authority.

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