Thursday 26 April 2018

Limerick: Former FF National Executive member who failed to secure party nomination elected to new local authority

Kathryn Hayes

A FORMER member of Fianna Fáil's National Executive who failed to secure the party's nomination at a highly controversial selection convention has been elected to the new Limerick local authority after a poll topping performance.

Limerick barrister Emmet O'Brien topped the poll in the Adare-Rathkeale electoral area after securing almost 2,300 first preference votes.

Fianna Fáil will undoubtedly regrets its decision not to have added O'Brien to the ticket following his success.

The Limerick barrister and first time local election candidate decided to run as an Independent after he failed to secure the Fianna Fáil nomination.

Tom Neville, son of Fine Gael Parliamentary Party chairman Dan Neville was also elected in the first count of the Adare-Rathkeale electoral area.

The remainder of the count in this area has been adjourned until 9am tomorrow while counting is continuing tonight in the Newcastle West area where three seats remain to be filled.

A total of 33 councillors have now been elected to the the new merged Limerick City and County Council which has 40 seats.

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