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Limerick councillor hints at bid for the Dáil

HIGH-PROFILE Limerick councillor Elisa O’Donovan has hinted that she may seek election to Dáil Eireann in future.

The City West member who was elected at the first time of asking in 2019, took to the social media network X, formerly known as Twitter, in the wake of an article in political magazine The Phoenix.

The article weighed up her chances of election to the Oireachtas, citing what’s likely to be a collapse in support for the Green Party, and an increase for her own Social Democrats.

In a post to X, Cllr O’Donovan admitted the profile in The Phoenix magazine was a surprise.

“I am unashamedly ambitious for Limerick though. I want to be the third woman ever elected to represent Limerick. I believe I have the ideas and enthusiasm to really change the Limerick we live in for the better,” she added.

As the councillor stated, there’s only been two women who have represented the Limerick City and Limerick East constituencies in the Dáil.

If elected, she would follow in the footsteps of former Labour Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan, who lost her seat at the 2020 election.

And she would also join Sinn Fein TD Kathleen O’Callaghan, who served between 1921 and 1923 in that group.

A spokesperson for the Social Democrats said that Cllr O’Donovan had been selected to contest City West at next summer’s local election. The party has yet to hold general election selections.

“We have not yet had selection conventions for the general election anywhere in the country,” they added.

Sources, however, have suggested that given her role as the only Social Democrats politician in Limerick at present, that Cllr O’Donovan would be the choice.