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Limerick mayoral candidate John Moran at the count centre today. PA
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Independent John Moran continues to lead the pack in Limerick mayoral race

Moran, a former General Secretary at the Department of Finance, was the bookies’ favourite heading into the contest.


INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE JOHN Moran continues to hold the top spot in the Limerick mayoral election after the 11th count today. 

Moran has maintained his lead over the second-place candidate Helen O’Donnell (Ind).

Tallies had predicted that Moran would lead after the first count and this proved correct when it was announced shortly after 5pm yesterday.

Moran managed to scoop 23% of the first preference vote among the 15 candidates, safely ahead of his next highest rival.

After the 11th count, which was announced just after 3pm today, Moran continues to lead with 24,958 votes.

O’Donnell is in second place with 19,353 votes.

Dee Ryan of Fianna Fáil is currently in third place with 18,875 votes.

Fine Gael’s Daniel Butler has been eliminated and his votes redistributed with Ryan being the main beneficiary. 

Sinn Féin’s Maurice Quinlivan came fifth overall in a performance that will be seen as disappointing both for him and for Sinn Féin. 

While the constituency boundaries aren’t the same, Quinlivan got 24% of the vote to top the poll in the general election in Limerick City in 2020, whereas in he won just 10% of the vote of first preferences yesterday.

Moran, a former General Secretary at the Department of Finance, was the bookies’ favourite heading into the contest, and has a long association with the city. 

As well as his high-profile stint in the Department of Finance, Moran was Ireland’s director on the European Investment Bank and was chair of the Land Development Agency.

With reporting from Jane Matthews and David Mac Redmond.

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