Opening the boxes at the count in UL Arena
THE sorting of votes is well under way in Limerick, with many predicting that Willie O'Dea is on course to the top the poll in the City.
With over half of the boxes opened in the city constituency, the Fianna Fail TD leads the way with some 6,801 first preference votes, according to the tallies.
Cllr Maurice Quinlivan, Sinn Fein, is behind him with 3,747 first preference votes. Fine Gael TD Kieran O'Donnell has 3,037 first preference votes
Finance Minister Michael Noonan has 2,988 first preference votes, according to the tallies, with Cllr Cian Prendiville, Anti-Austerity Alliance, just behind him with 2,657 votes.
Labour's Jan O'Sullivan is just behind him with 2,606.
Labour has already predicted Cllr Quinlivan will take a seat, while Fine Gael councillors Daniel Butler and Michael Sheahan have admitted that Willie O'Dea will return to the top of the poll, having missed out on this in 2011.
While Mr Noonan and Mr O'Dea are certain to be elected, with Cllr Quinlivan also expected to win a seat, the last seat is set to be a battle between Deputy Kieran O'Donnell, Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan and Cllr Cian Prendiville.
Meanwhile, in the three seat county Limerick constituency, Niall Collins (Fianna Fail) is on course to be elected.
With 65% of the boxes opened, he has 7,767 first preference votes recorded.
Meanwhile, Tom Neville, with 5,282 first preference votes, is ahead of his Fine Gael running mate Patrick O'Donovan, who has 3,745 votes.
Independent Emmett O'Brien is polling at 3,615 first preferences.
Senator James Heffernan, Social Democrats has taken 2,422 votes. Sinn Fein's councillor Seamus Browne has 1,737 votes according to the tallies.
And former Fianna Fail councillor Richard O'Donoghue has 2,292 first preferences, according to the tallies.
Please remember these are unofficial tallies, as of 11am this Saturday morning.
See the Limerick Leader’s live blog for updates.