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Saturday 20 January 2018

Limerick electoral area: Latest updates


COUNTING is underway in three of Limerick's six electoral areas with tallies indicating unprecedented gains for Sinn Fein.

Final tallies suggest that all of the party's six candidates could be elected to the new Limerick local authority.

Outgoing Councillor Maurice Quinlivan topped the poll in the Limerick City North electoral area while 22-year-old UL student Seighin O'Ceallaigh also topped the poll for the party in Limerick City East.

Former Limerick mayors Diarmuid Scully and Jim Long both from Fine Gael are under severe pressure to be re-elected.

Labour could take three seats in the city but success looks doubtful for the party in the County Limerick electoral areas.

Fianna Fáil will improve dramatically in the city following near wipe out last time round, but the party will undoubtedly regret its decision not to add former National Executive member Emmet O'Brien to the ticket in County Limerick after he topped the poll in the Adare-Rathkeale electoral area.

First count results are not expected in Limerick until after 7pm.

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