LEDDIN is a name familiar to most voters in the city and another is about the enter the fray of politics - this time for Fianna Fail.
Auctioneer Geraldine Leddin is no relation to namesakes who have been elected for Labour, Fine Gael and as independents - and she is hoping to make her own mark on local politics this May.
Ms Leddin, Raheen, has been added to a Fianna Fail ticket in Limerick City West that already includes Cllr James Collins, Dooradoyle, and retired garda detective Sean Lynch from Patrickswell.
“I was notified by the party just before Christmas that I was being added and I’m looking forward now to going out and knocking on doors,” Ms Leddin said.
She is also only one of two women running for Fianna Fail for a place on the merged Limerick City and County Council. Yvonne McMahon is a candidate in Limerick City North.
Ms Leddin had been asked by Deputy Willie O’Dea to consider running for Fianna Fail and was appointed an area representative by the party earlier this year.
But she withdrew her nomination in advance of a selection convention last October amid claims the subdivision of the seven-seat area which would have pitted her against Cllr Collins had effectively “blocked” her from running.
She said at the time that she did not wish to put a sitting councillor to a contest.
But Ms Leddin said she was now putting that episode behind her after party headquarters contacted her before Christmas to inform her she had been added.
She said issues that mattered to her included crime and anti-social behaviour in her area and high rates paid by business owners in the city.
“I also feel that as a woman I might be able to contribute something different for the city if I am elected,” she said.