Limerick Labour councillor Orla McLoughlin may quit

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Deputy Mayor, Orla McLoughlin, might be about to quit local politics
SPECULATION is rife that southside councillor Orla McLoughlin may quit local politics after her name was left off the Labour party’s list for selection.

SPECULATION is rife that southside councillor Orla McLoughlin may quit local politics after her name was left off the Labour party’s list for selection.

The Labour party in Limerick will host its convention for candidates to contest next summer’s local elections at the Absolute Hotel this Thursday.

Sitting councillors Tomas Hannon and Joe Leddin will contest the City West ward, stretching from the centre to Patrickswell.

Meanwhile, Cllr Tom Shortt is the only nominee for City North - which now includes St Mary’s Park and Corbally.

In City East, the area where Cllr McLoughlin would be expected to run, only Elena Secas has been picked. She narrowly missed out on election to County Council in 2009, securing 1,045 votes in Castleconnell.

The City East ward is expected to be one of the toughest areas in which to be elected next summer, with the redrawn constituency stretching from Garryowen to Montpelier.

Minister Jan O’Sullivan said Labour wanted to get Ms Secas involved in the election process as quickly as possible. Cllr McLoughlin was not available for comment.