Denis McCarthy gets Fine Gael backing for mayoralty

Eugene Phelan, news

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Cllr Denis McCarthy, who is Fine Gael's nominee for the mayoral position
THERE was disappointment for Limerick city councillor Pat Kennedy this Monday who has lost out to party colleague Cllr Denis McCarthy in the race to be the Fine Gael nominee for the mayoralty.

THERE was disappointment for Limerick city councillor Pat Kennedy this Monday who has lost out to party colleague Cllr Denis McCarthy in the race to be the Fine Gael nominee for the mayoralty.

The election of the new Mayor of Limerick will be held next Monday night and Cllr McCarthy will now be the favourite to become the city’s 817th mayor.

But as this is the last annual general meeting to decide the city’s mayor before the local elections take place in May 2014, the possibility remains that some Fine Gael and Labour councillors will not stick to the agreed pact, which would ensure Cllr McCarthy’s election.

“At a meeting of the Fine Gael group on City Hall today, Denis McCarthy was selected as the Fine Gael nominee for Mayor of Limerick for the coming year. Jim Long has been selected as the party’s nominee for Deputy Mayor,” a statement from Fine Gael councillor Diarmuid Scully read this Monday evening.

Cllr Kennedy had been named as the next nominee arising from the pact, which dates back to this time last year when Labour councillor Gerry McLoughlin was elected as Limerick’s first citizen, however this does not now appear to have come to pass with just a week remaining before the new mayor is named.