An emotional moment for Joe Pond as three-time councillor is elected for first time

An emotional moment for Cllr Joe Pond, who was re-elected to Limerick City and County Council. Photo: Brendan Gleeson.

IT WAS a special moment for Fianna Fáil’s Joe Pond as it was announced that he was elected to Limerick City and County Council.

While the sitting councillor has already served twice on the council, paradoxically, the announcement marked the first time Fianna Fáil man has been elected to the council by popular vote – having previously been co-opted twice.

After count two, Cllr Pond received 1,654 votes, surpassing the quota of 1,608 by 46 votes.

Speaking to the Limerick Post after his election, Mr Pond said that he was “over the moon” to have been elected.

“I feel over the moon because when I ran the last time I got 827 first preferences. I’m only after doubling it, which is absolutely brilliant. It says I must be doing something, right,” an emotional Mr Pond said.

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The successful councillor said that he was now looking forward to going to watch Limerick win the Munster Hurling Final this afternoon, like many other spectators and candidates expected to vacate the count centre before the whistle blows.

Meanwhile, the Limerick Post remains in the thick of the action at the count centre at Limerick Racecourse.