RESIDENTS of the Cappamore-Kilmallock area are waking up this morning to seven newly elected councillors.
Many of the people in the area the size of County Louth would have been in bed last night as it was after midnight when the final three - Michael Donegan ,FF, Gerald Mitchell, FG, and Bill O’Donnell, FG - were elected.
They followed Brigid Teefy, Ind: Lisa Marie Sheehy, Sinn Fein; Eddie Ryan, FF, Gerald Mitchell, FG and Noel Gleeson, FF.
Fine Gael were the big losers with sitting councillors - Kilmallock’s Mike Houlihan and Murroe’s John Egan - losing their seats.
The fight for the remaining seat in the seven-seater constituency was between O’Donnell and his party colleague John Egan, after fellow Fine Gael councillor Mike Houlihan was eliminated in the fifth count.
Speaking to the Leader shortly after his re-election, Cllr Bill O’Donnell who lives in Bruff said he was “downbeat” that his two fellow party colleagues had lost out, but was “happy” that he had managed to retain his own seat.
Auctioneer Gerald Mitchell from Hospital admitted that he was “tired” after the campaign but pleased that the hard work of his campaign team had paid off.
Cllr Mike Donegan who was accompanied by a large band of supporters from Kilmallock said he was delighted to retain his seat and thanked his family for their support.
John Egan said he was disappointed that the the local vote in Murroe, Cappamore, Killinure wasn’t stronger for Noel Gleeson and himself.
“I have a lot of work done in the Murroe, Boher, Caherconlish areas, but sure there is no point in complaining that is the electorate and they voted,” Mr Egan.
The seven councillors elected to Limerick city and county council are Brigid Teefy (Ind), Eddie Ryan (FF), Lisa Marie Sheehy (SF), Noel Gleeson (FF), Michael Donegan (FF), Gerard Mitchell (FG) and Bill O’Donnell (FG).
Counting in the other electoral areas continues.