Election 2019: Independent Frankie Daly tops poll and is first through City North door

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Election 2019: Independent Frankie Daly tops poll and is first through City North door

Cllr Frankie Daly was the only candidate elected on the first count in Limerick City North Picture: Adrian Butler

INDEPENDENT councillor Frankie Daly has become the first member elected to City North with an incredible first preference vote.

Cllr Daly, a youth worker by profession, topped the poll with 1,81 first preferences, and a massive surplus of 384 votes.

Two other councillors have made it into four figures at the first count: the Green Party's Brian Leddin is just 80 votes off reaching the quota, having secured a preference vote of 1,397 votes, while Fianna Fail's Kieran O'Hanlon is on 1,228.

Surrounded by his supporters, wife Kate, and children Josh, 7 and Jade, 4, Cllr Daly said: "My main goal is to work with our communities and its people to make a positive influence. The support and generosity shown by my friends and family is inspiring. It's all about the people. There are too many people to thank personally, but they know who they are: thank you."

The rest of the poll could not be tighter, with just 12 votes separating Sinn Fein's Sharon Benson in eighth position (570) votes and Conor Sheehan, Labour, 582 votes.

A further declaration in City North is not expected for a while now, as count staff distribute Cllr Daly's huge surplus.

 

Sharon Benson, SF 570

Mary Cahillane, Sol, 371

Ruth Clarke, IND, 180

John Costelloe, SF, 751

Anne Cronin, Lab, 282

Frankie Daly, IND, 1,861

Des Hayes, IND, 124

Kevin Kiely, IND, 252

Brian Leddin, GP, 1,397

Denis McCarthy, FG, 260

Eleanor McSherry, FG, 457

John Nugent, SF, 342

Brian O'Connor, FG, 317

Maeve O'Donnell, AON, 278

Kieran O'Hanlon, FF, 1,228

Pat O'Neill, FF, 644

Olivia O'Sullivan, FG, 880

Dean Quinn, IND 448

Conor Sheehan, Lab, 582

Kieran Walsh, SD 272