First-time city councillor Denis McCarthy is in line to become the 817th Mayor of Limerick after he was selected as Fine Gael nominee for the mayoralty at a meeting in City Hall earlier today.
The Corbally public representative was elected to the city council in the 2009 local elections and was elected Deputy Mayor in his first term.
Veteran councillor Jim Long was selected as Fine Gael nominee for Deputy Mayor.
Because of a split in the party last year, Fine Gael entered into an agreement that resulted in the election of Labour candidate Gerry McLoughlin as Mayor with the chain of office due to return to Fine Gael this year with a Labour Party nominee taking on the role of Deputy Mayor .
Mayor McLoughlin subsequently resigned from the Labour Party in protest over its continuing support of the Government’s programme of austerity.
Fine Gael city councillor Diarmuid Scully confirmed to The Limerick Post that the agreement with the Labour PArty remains fully in force and will be honoured by both parties.