Local Elections

The Local Elections 2024 and the Limerick Mayoral Election will be held on Friday 7th June 2024 in conjunction with the European Elections.

8th May 2024 Election Posters can be erected
11th May 2024 Submissions of Nomination Papers for Local Election and Limerick Mayoral Election opens
11th May 2024 Deadline for inclusion in Postal Vote
18th May 2024 Submissions of Nomination Papers for Local Election and Limerick Mayoral Election closes
20th May 2024 Publication of list of Local Election and Limerick Mayoral candidates
20th May 2024 Deadline for inclusion in Register of Electors
7th June 2024 Voting Day
8th June 2024 Local Election count commences
10th June 2024 Limerick Mayoral count commences
14th June 2024 Deadline for removal of Election posters

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A candidate may be a nominee of a registered political party or may nominate himself or herself or may, with the candidate’s consent, be nominated by a proposer. In relation to the Local Election, a proposer must be registered as a local government elector in the local electoral area of the local authority for which he or she proposes to nominate the candidate. In relation to the Limerick Mayoral Election, a proposer must be registered as a local government elector in Limerick City and County electoral area.

The period for receipt of nominations commences at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, 11th May 2024 and ends at 12 noon on Saturday, 18th May 2024. Nominations will be received in the Corporate Headquarters, Merchant’s Quay, Limerick.

All Candidates for the Local Election and the Limerick Mayoral Election can make an appointment to submit a completed nomination form to the relevant Returning Officer during the nomination acceptance period by contacting Corporate Services at localelections2024@limerick.ie or 061557150.

Returning Officers

  • Local Election Returning Officer, Mr. Kieran Lehane
  • Limerick Mayoral Election Returning Officer, Ms. Caroline Curley

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These are the candidates listed in the order they will appear on the Ballot Papers: 

Election of the Mayor of Limerick

Mayor of Limerick (Notice of Poll) (Fógra na Vótaíochta)
Seats: 1
Candidates: 15
Name  Party (if any)
Sarah Beasley  Aontú
Daniel Butler  Fine Gael 
Frankie Daly  Non-Party
Ruairí Fahy  People Before Profit - Solidarity
Laura Keyes   
Brian Leddin  Green Party / Comhaontas Glas
John Moran  Non-Party 
Caitríona Ní Chatháin   
Helen O’Donnell  Non-Party 
Elisa O’Donovan  Social Democrats 
Colm Ó’Móráin   
Maurice Quinlivan  Sinn Féin 
Dee Ryan  Fianna Fáil 
Conor Sheehan  The Labour Party
Gerben Uunk  Party for Animal Welfare

Local Elections

Municipal District of Adare-Rathkeale (Notice of Poll) (Fógra na Vótaíochta)
Seats: 6
Candidates: 11
Name  Party (if any)
Bridie Collins  Fianna Fail 
Joanne Collins  Sinn Féin 
Richie Crehan  Non-Party
Robert Daly Non-Party 
Tommy Hartigan  Independent Ireland 
Stephen Keary  Fine Gael 
Trina O’Dea Fianna Fáil 
John O’Donoghue  Independent Ireland 
Michael Sheahan  Fine Gael 
Adam Teskey  Fine Gael 
Ger Ward  Fianna Fáil 
Municipal District of Cappamore-Kilmallock (Notice of Poll) (Fógra na Vótaíochta)
Seats: 7
Candidates: 14
Name  Party (if any)
P.J. Carey  Sinn Féin 
Gregory Conway  Fine Gael 
Mike Donegan  Fianna Fáil 
Al Fitzgerald  Fianna Fáil 
Gráinne Hanley  Independent Ireland 
Michelle Hayes  Non-Party
Denny Hourigan  Fianna Fáil 
Rob O’Donnell  Green Party / Comhaontas Glas
Tommy O’Sullivan  Fine Gael 
Eddie Ryan  Non-Party
Martin Ryan  Fianna Fáil 
Michael Ryan  Aontú
Noreen Stokes  Fine Gael 
Brigid Teefy  Non-Party
Municipal District of Newcastle West (Notice of Poll) (Fógra na Vótaíochta)
Seats: 6
Candidates: 12
Name  Party (if any)
James Barrett  Independent Ireland 
Kathleen Lucy Barrett  Fianna Fáil 
Michael Collins  Fianna Fáil 
Padraig Collins  Sinn Féin 
Francis Foley  Fianna Fáil 
Liam Galvin  Fine Gael 
Pat King  Independent Ireland 
Gerard Madigan  Fianna Fáil 
Tom Ruddle  Fine Gael 
Jerome Scanlan  Non-Party
John Sheahan  Fine Gael 
Gerben Uunk  Party for Animal Welfare 
Limerick City East (Notice of Poll) (Fógra na Vótaíochta)
Seats: 7
Candidates: 16
Name  Party (if any)
Peter Doyle  Fine Gael 
Ursula Gavan  Sinn Féin 
Seán Hartigan  Green Party / Comhaontas Glas
Sarah Kiely Fine Gael 
Mike Killeen  Sinn Féin 
Dean Lillis  Non-Party
Patrick McCarthy  Non-Party
Michael Murphy  Fine Gael 
Eric Nelligan  Aontú
Michael O’Brien   
Danielle O’Shea  Sinn Féin 
Joe Pond  Fianna Fáil 
Elena Secas  The Labour Party
Tally Slater  Non-Party
Catherine Slattery  Fianna Fáil 
Donnah Vuma  Social Democrats 
Limerick City North (Notice of Poll) (Fógra na Vótaíochta)
Seats: 7
Candidates: 19 
Name  Party (if any)
Sarah Beasley  Aontú
Sharon Benson  Sinn Féin 
Ruth Clarke  Independent Ireland 
Tom Collopy  Sinn Féin 
Frankie Daly  Non-Party
Richard Delaney  Fine Gael 
Tanya Dunworth  Sinn Féin 
Ruairí Fahy  People Before Profit - Solidarity
Shane Hickey-O’Mara  Social Democrats 
Adam Kearney  Non-Party
Laura Keyes   
Sasa Novak Uí Chonchúir Green Party / Comhaontas Glas
Suzzie O’Deniyi  Fianna Fáil 
Kieran O’Hanlon  Fianna Fáil 
Pat O’Neill  Non-Party
Olivia O’Sullivan  Fine Gael 
Dean Quinn  Non-Party
Conor Sheehan  The Labour Party
Mark Spain  Fine Gael 
Limerick City West (Notice of Poll) (Fógra na Vótaíochta)
Seats: 7 
Candidates: 18 
Name  Party (if any)
Esther Aherne  Independent Ireland 
Daniel Butler  Fine Gael 
Maria Donoghue  Non-Party
Fergus Kilcoyne  Fianna Fáil 
Joe Leddin  The Labour Party
Frances Lonergan  Sinn Féin 
Seán Lynch  Non-Party
Michael MacCurtain  Fine Gael 
Khalid Mahmood  Non-Party 
Cathal McCarthy  Non-Party
Malachy McCreesh  Sinn Féin 
Dan McSweeney  Fine Gael 
Alec Morrissey  Non-Party 
Elisa O’Donovan  Social Democrats 
Michael Rafferty   
Shahin Reza   
Peter Spencer  Green Party / Comhaontas Glas
Abul Kalam Azad Talukder  Fianna Fáil 

There are six Local Electoral Areas within Limerick City and County Council, returning a total of 40 councillors.

  • Limerick City East - 7 seats
  • Limerick City North - 7 seats
  • Limerick City West - 7 seats
  • Adare - Rathkeale - 6 seats
  • Cappamore - Kilmallock - 7 seats
  • Newcastle West - 6 seats

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Limerick Mayoral Election

The Guidelines for the Limerick Mayoral election in respect of the obligations of candidates, mayoral election agents, third parties and “other persons” have been published by the Standards in Public Office Commission (the “Standards Commission”) under section 4 of the Electoral Act 1997 (the “1997 Act” 1 ). These Guidelines contain references to relevant sections of the 1997 Act to assist candidates in cross-referencing the Guidelines with the relevant legislative provisions. All such references should be understood as referring to the provisions of the 1997 Act (as amended), and any references to the provisions of any other statutory enactment will specifically reference such other enactment.

The Guidelines are legally binding. However, where there is a discrepancy between the guidelines and the 1997 Act, the 1997 Act prevails.

These Guidelines cover the main requirements of the above legislation for candidates and mayoral election agents in the 2024 Limerick Mayoral election relating to:

  • disclosure of political donations;
  • limits on the value of donations which may be accepted;
  • prohibited donations;
  • limits on election spending;
  • reimbursement of election expenses to qualified candidates.

Candidates may wish to note that the Electoral Reform Act 2022 made various amendments to the 1997 Act, some of which are not yet commenced. As these Guidelines relate specifically to the 2024 Limerick Mayoral election, the Guidelines describe the law as currently commenced and do not refer to provisions yet to be commenced.

Candidates should also be aware of the provisions of the Local Government (Mayor of Limerick) and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2024 (the “2024 Act”) in respect of any matters falling outside the scope of these Guidelines.

Local Elections

The Local Elections (Disclosure of Donations and Expenditure) Act 1999 provides for an expenditure and donations disclosure regime at local elections. These guidelines are concerned with the statutory obligations for candidates, national agents, designated persons and persons unconnected to a political party or candidate (third parties) at the forthcoming local elections and are issued pursuant to section 18(6) of the Act.

Spending limits, first introduced for the 2009 local elections, were revised by the Local Government Reform Act 2014. The limit depends on the population of the local electoral area, as follows:

Population and Candidate Spending Limit

  • Population in excess of 35,000: 13,000 Euro
  • Population between 18,001 and 35,000: 11,500 Euro
  • Population of 18,000 or less: 9,750 Euro

Candidates nominated by a political party are deemed to automatically allocate 10% of their spending limit to the party’s national agent. For example, a party candidate with a limit of 13,000 euro would be deemed to automatically allocate 1,300 euro for use by the party. Their effective limit would therefore be 11,700 euro. The 10% figure can be varied upwards or downwards by written agreement between the candidate and national agent.

Election spending incurred during a period before the election must be reported to the local authority concerned and must be below the specified limit. The Local Elections (Disclosure of Donations and Expenditure) Act 1999 (Period for Reckoning Election Expenses) Order 2019 provides that the spending period for the 2019 local elections will commence on 30 March 2019 and will end on polling day, 24 May 2019, inclusive.

Further Information

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Click here for information on the Limerick Mayoral Election.

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Limerick Local Elections and Limerick Mayoral Election 2024 - Freephone Number

A Freephone Number (1800 83 20 73) is now available for members of the public, particularly visually impaired voters, to familiarise themselves with the candidates running in the Limerick Local Elections 2024 and in the Limerick Mayoral Election 2024.

This Freephone Number works in conjunction with a Local Elections Ballot Paper Template and a Limerick Mayoral Election Ballot Paper Template that will be available at all Polling Stations on polling day.

The message on the Freephone Number sets out the names of the candidates in each Local Electoral Area in the order in which they appear on the ballot paper, and the names of the candidates running in the Limerick Mayoral Election in the order in which they appear on the ballot paper.

The Freephone Number 1800 83 20 73 will be available up to close of polls, i.e. 10pm on Friday 7th June 2024.

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Click here for information about the Register of Electors and eligibility to vote.

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Click here for information about election posters for the Local Election, European Election and Mayor of Limerick Election.

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