Sinn Féin set to add three seats in Limerick

Maurice Quinlivan

A Limerick tally at 1pm has predicted that Sinn Féin will return four to the new 40-member Limerick City and County Council.

Sinn Féin had only one councillor in Limerick in the outoing councils, Maurice Quinlivan in Limerick City.

Mr Quinlivan has put in a huge performance in the six-seat constituency of Limerick City North, taking a massive 25.1% of the vote.

The Anti Austerity candidate in Limerick City North, Cian Prendiville, has polled strongly on 9%.

Party strategists say they could have taken a second seat in this Metropolitan district had they put up a running mate with Mr Quinlivan.

Fine Gael's former Mayor of Limerick, Diarmuid Scully looks in danger of losing his seat in Limeick City East, where Sinn Féin will take a seat.

In the Cappamore-Kilmallock seven-seat district, Fine Gael look like losing a seat to Sinn Féin.

In Limerick City West, Labour's strongest Limerick City candidate, Joe Leddin, is facing a battle to hold on to his seat.

He was on 15% with 22 of the 34 boxes opened.

However, at that point, the boxes in his main areas of support had been opened.

Mr Leddin, a former Mayor of Limerick, is a full-time parliamentary assistant to Housing Minister Jan O'Sullivan.

Labour supporters are hoping he may have done enough in his own back yard to hold on.

- By Jimmy Woulfe, Irish Examiner Mid-West Correspondent

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