Sunday 21 January 2018

Limerick Electoral area: latest updates

Kathryn Hayes

A FORMER mayor of Limerick and outgoing Fine Gael City Councillor has admitted on Facebook he may be unlikely to keep his seat.

In a message posted on Facebook Cllr Diarmuid Scully said "it doesn't look like I'll make it"

The Singland based councillor who secured just over 4% of first preference votes in Limerick City East according to tallies also tweeted:

"Complete tally for Limerick East puts me in 10th place. Not looking good.. Thanks to everyone who helped out."

Two other former mayors in danger of losing their seats are Independent Cllrs Gerry McLoughlin and John Gilligan in Limerick City North.

Labour's outgoing concillor Tom Shortt could also lose his seat but first time candidate Frankie Daly could retain a Labour seat on the new council.

For the first time people in Limerick voted on who would represent them in the new merged Limerick authority which has 40 seats.

And it looks like there will be a number of first on the new local authority with Sinn Fein now in line to take a fourth seat on the new local authority.

Final tallies in the three of the electoral areas indicate that outgoing Sinn Fein Councillor Maurice Quinlivan will be joined on the new local authority by first time candidates and fellow poll topper Seighin O'Ceallaigh (22) and UCC student Lisa Marie Sheehy (20).

Early tallies in Limerick City West also indicated that Sinn Fein candidate Malachy McCreesh also could take a seat.

Another positive for Labour is the strong performance of Moldovan national Elena Secas who looks likely to become the first non national to be elected to a local authority in Limerick.

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