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previous next General Election: 25 February 2011
Back Next Limerick City
Limerick Area (Munster)

4 Seats 13 Candidates 7 Counts
Electorate: 64,909 Quota: 8,638
 Candidate     Party     1st Pref   Share   Quota     Count   Status   Seat 

* Michael Noonan3  Fine Gael Lozenge   13,291   30.77%   1.54   1      Made Quota     1
* Willie O'Dea  Fianna Fail Lozenge   6,956   16.11%   0.81   6      Made Quota     3
* Jan O'Sullivan  Labour Lozenge   6,353   14.71%   0.74   7      Elected     4
* Kieran O'Donnell  Fine Gael Lozenge   5,405   12.52%   0.63   5      Made Quota     2
Maurice Quinlivan  Sinn Fein Lozenge   3,711   8.59%   0.43   (7)      Not Elected    
Joe Leddin  Labour Lozenge   2,411   5.58%   0.28   (7)      Not Elected    
* Peter Power  Fianna Fail Lozenge   2,303   5.33%   0.27   (5)      Eliminated    
Kevin Kiely  Non party/Independent Lozenge   1,129   2.61%   0.13   (4)      No expenses    
Cian Prendiville  Socialist Lozenge   721   1.67%   0.08   (4)      No expenses    
Sheila Cahill  Green/Comhaontas Glas Lozenge   490   1.13%   0.06   (3)      No expenses    
Conor O'Donoghue  Comhar Criostai/Christian Solidarity Lozenge   186   0.43%   0.02   (2)      No expenses    
Denis Riordan  Non party/Independent Lozenge   173   0.40%   0.02   (2)      No expenses    
Matt Larkin  Non party/Independent Lozenge   59   0.14%   0.01   (2)      No expenses    

Total valid 43,188 66.54%

Spoilt votes 429 0.98%

Total poll 43,617 67.20%

* outgoing TD
 
The data in the table above may be sorted by clicking on the column headings
 

‘Noonan tops the poll in one of the country’s least marginal constituencies’

This constituency was affected by boundary redrawing, losing an area with over 17,000 people to the new Limerick County and consequently changing from a mainly urban 5-seater to an overwhelmingly urban 4-seater.

As a 4-seater, it was one of the most predictable constituencies in the country. Fine Gael’s Michael Noonan, restored to front-bench prominence as an unforeseen but fortuitous side-effect of the heave against Enda Kenny the previous summer, headed the poll with his largest vote ever, and the party vote advanced by nearly 18 per cent, its second biggest gain in the country. Nearly 3,000 votes from Noonan’s surplus helped Kieran O’Donnell into the second seat.

Willie O’Dea had headed the poll here with a sizeable surplus at every election going back to 1989, but now he lost over 12,000 of his huge 2007 vote, the national swing against Fianna Fail being compounded by the local difficulties that had seen him leave the government a year earlier. This was still enough to secure him the third seat, but his running mate Peter Power, a junior minister seemingly on the way up, found himself down among the also-rans and was eliminated on the sixth count.

The Labour vote was up, and Jan O’Sullivan was comfortably re-elected, but hopes that the party could take a second seat through her running mate Joe Leddin came nowhere near materialising. Sinn Fein’s Maurice Quinlivan gained publicity through his role in the events that brought about O’Dea’s downfall in 2010 and achieved runner-up status, but on this showing Limerick City is one of the least marginal constituencies in the country.

 
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