Wednesday 21 March 2018

Limerick electoral area: early updates

Kathryn Hayes

Sinn Fein looks set to increase its number of councillors in Limerick city and are in line to secure their first ever seat in County Limerick, according to the latest tallies.

Early tallies would suggest that the party's only sitting Councillor Maurice Quinllivan will be joined by first time candidate Seighin O'Ceallaigh who is topping the poll in Limerick City East where over 56% of boxes have been tallied.

The new Limerick City East electoral area is considered one of the largest local authority wards in Europe .

The expanded eight seater area stretches from the city centre through Castletroy, Monaleen and Anacotty to more rural areas like Castleconnell and Montpellier.

University student Lisa Marie Sheehy is also polling very well for Sinn Fein in the Kilmallock - Cappamore area where she has about 15% of the vote.

If this trend continues there could be a chance of Sinn Fein securing three seats on the new Limerick local authority.

Speaking at the count centre in Limerick today sitting Cllr Maurice Quinlivan who has polled very well in areas of Limerick City North that are not traditional SF strongholds said:

"Sinn Fein are polling very very well. It does look like we are going to take a number of seats. I won't be the only Sinn Fein councillor on the new authority, there will be a number.

"We were knocking on doors, and the response we got was phenomenal. I have to say people are definitely coming to Sinn Fein. A lot of older people are coming to Sinn Fein which has surprised me.

They feel betrayed by Fine Gael, and especially Labour. You can see the turnout for Labour in this election, which has been a disaster. And Labour deserve it. They have prevented Fine Gael's attacks on working people."

Meanwhile, Fine Gael sitting Councillor and former Mayor of Limerick Diarmuid Scully is polling very poorly in the City East electoral area where the latest tallies indicate he has received just under 4% of the vote.

However Fine Gael sitting councillor Michael Hourigan is doing very well in Limerick City North electoral area. Also a former Mayor of Limerick Cllr Hourigan topped the poll in his ward at the local elections.

Anti Austerity Alliance candidate Cian Prendiville is also doing well in Limerick City North where the latest tallies suggest he has just under 10% of the vote.

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