Pitching for office: Limerick mayoral candidates tout credentials as campaign heats up

Thirteen candidates are vying to become Limerick - and the country’s - first directly elected mayor

Fianna Fáil candidate Dee Ryan with finance minister Michael McGrath

With only seven weeks left until the people of Limerick vote for the country’s first directly elected mayor, candidates are pitching themselves as pro-business, determined to achieve greater regional investment, and are hell-bent on tackling central government head-on.

The plebiscite will take place on June 7, the same day as the local and European elections with 150,000 people eligible to cast their ballot.

The new mayor - unlike the old mayor - will be more than just a ceremonial role. They will have an executive function in Limerick City and Council Council, and be responsible for housing, roads, development plans, and the annual budget.