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First televised Limerick Directly Elected Mayor debate broadcast live on RTÉ from MIC

Katie Hannon pictured standing in front of the seats in the Lime Tree Theatre

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The 15 candidates vying to be Limerick's first Directly Elected Mayor (DEM) went head-to-head on RTÉ's Upfront with Katie Hannon on Monday 27 May in a two-part debate that was broadcast live from the Lime Tree Theatre on the Mary Immaculate College campus. 

Broadcast in front of an audience of 200 people, the programme marked the first televised debate of the Limerick DEM campaign and the first ever outside broadcast of RTÉ's Upfront with Katie Hannon.

The debate was split into two panels with topics including the powers of the new office, housing, transport, healthcare and the rural/urban divide.

Appearing on the first panel (as introduced on the programme) were: Cllr Conor Sheehan (Labour), Deputy Brian Leddin (Green Party), Cllr Elisa O'Donovan (Social Democrats), Ruairí Fahy (People Before Profit), Cllr Daniel Butler (Fine Gael), Deputy Maurice Quinlivan (Sinn Fein), Cllr Frankie Daly (Independent), and Dee Ryan (Fíanna Fail).

The second panel consisted of (as introduced): Gerben Uunk (Party for Animal Welfare), Colm O'Móráin (Independent), John Moran (Independent), Helen O'Donnell (Independent), Sarah Beasley (Aontú), Caitríona Ní Chaitháin (Socialist Party), and Dr Laura Keyes (Rabharta). 

Click here to watch the RTÉ Upfront with Katie Hannon Limerick DEM debate.