1998 Limerick East by-election

A by-election was held in the Dáil Éireann Limerick East constituency in Ireland on 11 March 1998. It followed the death of Labour Party Teachta Dála (TD) Jim Kemmy on 25 September 1997.

1998 Limerick East by-election

← 1997 11 March 1998 2002 →
Turnout42,703 (54.7%)
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Nominee Jan O'Sullivan Sandra Marsh Mary Jackman
Party Labour Party Fianna Fáil Fine Gael
First preferences 10,619 10,173 10,445
Percentage 24.9 23.8 24.5
Final count 22,888 15,188

 
Nominee Tim O'Malley John Ryan Jenny Marie Shapland
Party Progressive Democrats Democratic Left Sinn Féin
First preferences 4,287 3,868 909
Percentage 10.0 9.1 2.1
Final count

 
Nominee John Gilligan Nora Bennis Eric Sheppard
Party Independent National Party Green Party
First preferences 850 700 546
Percentage 2.0 1.6 1.3
Final count

TD before election

Jim Kemmy
Labour Party

Elected TD

Jan O'Sullivan
Labour Party

The election was won by Limerick City Councillor Jan O'Sullivan of the Labour Party.

Among the candidates were Senator and Limerick County Councillor Mary Jackman, Limerick County Councillor Tim O'Malley, Limerick City Councillor John Ryan, Limerick City Councillor John Gilligan

On the same day, a by-election took place in Dublin North, both were the final occasions which Democratic Left contested by-elections.

ResultEdit

1998 Limerick East by-election[1]
Party Candidate FPv% Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5
Labour Party Jan O'Sullivan 24.9 10,619 11,444 13,724 14,967 22,888
Fine Gael Mary Jackman 24.5 10,445 10,870 11,591 12,860  
Fianna Fáil Sandra Marsh 23.8 10,173 10,852 11,328 13,117 15,188
Progressive Democrats Tim O'Malley 10.0 4,287 4,578 4,913    
Democratic Left John Ryan 9.1 3,868 4,507      
Sinn Féin Jenny Marie Shapland 2.1 909        
Independent John Gilligan 2.0 850        
National Party Nora Bennis 1.6 700        
Green Party Eric Sheppard 1.3 546        
Independent Barney Sheehan 0.5 198        
Independent Noel Hannon 0.3 108        
Electorate: 78,062   Valid: 42,703   Quota: 21,352   Turnout: 54.7%

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