Limerick rugby legend ‘threatened me’ claims city councillor

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

THE mayoral election took a sinister twist this week after the new deputy mayor made a complaint against a fellow councillor, alleging he was “threatened” on election night.

THE mayoral election took a sinister twist this week after the new deputy mayor made a complaint against a fellow councillor, alleging he was “threatened” on election night.

Cllr Kevin Kiely says he has lodged a complaint to Mary Street gardai over the incident, which allegedly took place following the election of Cllr Jim Long as mayor. Garda sources were unable to confirm this Wednesday whether a complaint had been made.

Cllr Kiely claimed Labour councillor Gerry McLoughlin “threatened” him in the toilets of City Hall. But Cllr McLoughlin has vigorously denied the allegation, saying he only reprimanded the former Fine Gael member for comments he made to Cllr Kathleen Leddin.

And he says he wants Cllr Kiely to “take a polygraph” over the claims.

Speaking to the Limerick Leader, Cllr Kiely said: “I have been involved in local politics for a long time, and I have always treated public representatives with respect. I won’t have it if people are going along, and misleading other members of public. I have always been someone who has spoken his mind.”

When contacted by the Leader, rugby legend Cllr McLoughlin said: “I haven’t got a clue what he is talking about. I want him to take a polygraph. How dare he throw out accusations like that which upset my character? It never happened. All I said to him was his treatment of Kathleen was disgraceful.”