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Swing to the left in Limerick city north

Cian Prendiville (centre) was elected on the ninth count [Picture: Don Moloney / Press 22]

Cian Prendiville (centre) was elected on the ninth count [Picture: Don Moloney / Press 22]

 

THERE has been a massive swing in City North, with four of the six seats taken by left-leaning parties or candidates.

Sinn Fein, the Anti-Austerity Alliance and Labour party candidates joined Independent councillor John Gilligan in the newly enlarged City North area.

It has been a bad election for Fine Gael, with the party returning just one of the three candidates it put forward in the ward, which covers the King’s Island, Corbally, as well as areas north of the Shannon.

On Saturday evening, Sinn Fein councillor Maurice Quinlivan topped the poll, and was elected on the first count, securing 2,456 first preference votes.

However, it was not until the ninth count on Sunday lunchtime when a further election took place, with Fine Gael’s Michael Hourigan securing the parties only seat, with 1,628 votes after transfers.

Anti-Austerity Alliance candidate Cian Prendiville was elected on the same count, exceeding the quota with 1,448 votes.

First time Labour candidate Frankie Daly was elected at the tenth count shortly after, with 1,454 votes after transfers.

Cllr Gilligan became the last candidate to exceed the quota of 1,435 in the 11th count, polling 1,446.

It was a case of second time lucky for Fianna Fail candidate Joe Crowley, who took the final seat in the north, with 1,362 votes.

There was bad news for outgoing councillors Gerry McLoughlin (Independent), Denis McCarthy (Fine Gael) and Tom Shortt (Labour) who failed to retain their seats, while Tina O’Gorman (Fine Gael) conceded defeat before the counting had commenced.

 

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