Shortt on subs bench for EU seat

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Limerick city councillor Tom Shortt with EU election candidate Phil Prendergast (left) and Housing Minister Jan O'Sullivan at the Labour Party selection convention in Cork
Limerick city councillor Tom Shortt with EU election candidate Phil Prendergast (left) and Housing Minister Jan O’Sullivan at the Labour Party selection convention in Cork

LIMERICK city councillor Tom Shortt was elected last weekend by members of the Labour Party from across Munster and South Leinster to third position on a substitute panel of four to fill the Ireland South Labour European seat.

In a keenly fought contest between six candidates, Cllr Shortt was elected to third position behind two Cork candidates who had reached the quota after attracting 60 per cent of the transfers on the second count.

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“This is exactly the position from which Phil Prendergast came to fill the seat after Alan Kelly the sitting MEP was elected to the Dail in 2011,” Cllr Shortt said after the selection convention which was attended last Sunday by Labour leader Eamon Gilmore.

“The Cork candidates had an advantage but I was delighted with the very healthy level of transfers I got from across the constituency and I am very satisfied with that performance, it has raised my profile considerably in the party outside Limerick,” he said.

He went on to thank the Abbey Branch in Limerick and the Cahir Branch in South Tipperary for supporting his nomination.

“I campaigned with Alan Kelly the Labour Party candidate in the European Elections in 2009. Alan was elected and I will be promoting Phil Prendergast, the Labour Party candidate in the coming weeks, alongside my own campaign to retain the seat on the new amalgamated Limerick local authority,” he said.