Independent councillor Frankie Daly enters the growing race for Limerick mayoral post

Frankie Daly, Independent. Photo: Cian Reinhardt

A TWELFTH candidate has thrown his hat in the ring to run in the first ever campaign for a directly-elected mayor for Limerick.

Independent councillor Frankie Daly has become the latest sitting councillor to put his name forward for the election, following Fine Gael’s announcement Cllr Daniel Butler as its candidate on Friday last.

In a video posted on his social media accounts, Cllr Daly confirmed that he intends to run for the mayoral position as an independent candidate.

“I’ve been asking people what are the attributes they would like to see in their mayor. For me, it’s very clear. They want a mayor that delivers, one who makes a difference in their daily lives, decisive action, integrity, dedication, and experience. I have those qualities,” Cllr Daly said in the video.

First elected in 2014 as a Labour councillor, Mr Daly left the party in 2016 and has sat as an independent since.

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Cllr Daly was re-elected in 2019, topping the polls in City North with 1,861 first preference votes.

In the video, the Corbally native said that, if he is elected as Limerick’s first directly-elected mayor, he will be a “real voice in national government” for Limerick.

Cllr Daly becomes the third independent candidate to declare, alongside businesswoman Helen O’Donnell and former chair of the Land Development Agency John Moran.

He joins Labour’s Conor Sheehan, and Fine Gael’s Daniel Butler in the race, along with People Before Profit’s Ruairí Fahy, former Limerick Chamber chief executive Dee Ryan for Fianna Fáil, Social Democrats Cllr Elisa O’Donovan, Dr Laura Keyes for Rabharta, Sarah Beasley of Aontú, Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan, and Gerben Uunk of the Animal Welfare Party.