Mayor of Limerick says she has yet to decide on political future

Nick Rabbitts


Nick Rabbitts

Mayor Kathleen Leddin, pictured this week with pupils from Scoil Mhainch�n, Ballynanty, says she has still not decided whether she will run in May's local elections
MAYOR of Limerick Kathleen Leddin insists she has still not decided whether to run in the next local elections.

MAYOR of Limerick Kathleen Leddin insists she has still not decided whether to run in the next local elections.

There have been rumours circulating that Cllr Leddin may decide to call it a day, after finally landing the role of Mayor of Limerick last summer.

But this Wednesday, ahead of a meeting with a delegation from Australia, the city’s first citizen said she does not want to give an interview on her political future, as she has still not made a decision.

One of her closest allies on City Council, Independent councillor John Gilligan said: “I spoke to her earlier in the year, and at that time she seemed like she was learning towards retiring. Recently, she said this would be her last go.

“But I think she is enjoying politics so much, she may have changed her mind.”

Mayor Leddin has enjoyed a busy year so far, appearing at a number of public events, and launches, and this week, launched the city’s St Patrick’s festival.

She benefitted from a split within the Fine Gael party in the city to secure the job at the fourth time of asking last summer.

She comes from a strong political background in Limerick, with her late husband, Tim Leddin, serving as mayor during 1988.

Frank Leddin, her brother in law also served as mayor, as did her nephew, councillor Joe Leddin of Labour.

Cllr Leddin entered politics in 1999 following the death of husband Tim.

She has been elected to the northside on two occasions since. A number of sitting city councillors have already announced their retirement from politics.

These are: Cllr Ger Fahy, Cllr Kevin Kiely, and Cllr Cormac Hurley.

This week, Castletroy-based councillor Mary Jackman is also stepping down ahead of the merger.

She is joined by Labour’s Kilfinane-based councillor David Moloney, Fine Gael’s David Naughton and Fianna Fail’s Eddie Wade.

Pallasgreen councillor Mary Harty is also likely to retire for health reasons.