Noonan says O’Dea will top poll but insists Fine Gael will take two seats in the city

Eugene Phelan

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Eugene Phelan

FORMER Fine Gael leader Michael Noonan, who looks certain to be appointed a Minister after this month’s General Election, still thinks Willie O’Dea will top the poll in Limerick city, despite the latest constitutuency poll showing him well ahead of his Fianna Fail rival.

FORMER Fine Gael leader Michael Noonan, who looks certain to be appointed a Minister after this month’s General Election, still thinks Willie O’Dea will top the poll in Limerick city, despite the latest constitutuency poll showing him well ahead of his Fianna Fail rival.

Noonan got over 7,500 first preferences in the last election but was over 11,000 behind Willie O’Dea. An official Quantum Research Poll commissioned by the Sunday Independent predicts that the Gouldavoher based Noonan will get 32 per cent of the vote, well ahead of O’Dea on 23 per cent. This figure excludes those who do not know how they are going to vote.

But Deputy Noonan is not get excited by the poll. After finishing canvassing on Sunday night he said: “We are just finished a canvass and I can tell you Willie O’Dea is still very strong and I still think he will top the poll, like in the other elections.”

“Polls are polls and I am sceptical about them. It is like when you take your temperature, it can be up in the morning and when you check it in the evening it could be down...I think a lot of the Don’t Know votes will go to WIllie,” he added.

But he still thinks that he and Kieran O’Donnell will be elected and that Jan O’Sullivan of Labour will get a “handy seat.” The poll- excluding the Don’t Knows - showed Jan O’Sullivan on 16 per cent; Kieran O’Donnell on nine; Peter Power on eight; Joe Leddin on seven, Maurice Quinlivan of Sinn Fein on four with Cian Prendiville on just two. Former Mayor Kevin Kiely, who is running as an independent was not included in the survey.Including the Don’t Knows, Michael Noonan was still on top with 23 per cent; Willie O Dea on 17; Jan O’Sullivan on 12; Kirean O’Donnell on six; Joe Leddin on five; Maurice Quinlivan on three and Cian Prendiville on two.