RTÉ's General Election Televised will air tonight live from Limerick, the first time a leaders debate has been held outside of the Capital City. The second debate of the election with just 1 more to follow. The next will be on RTÉ One live from Dublin, as the proposed TG4 debate has been called off. Seven parties are due to debate, with The Green Party excluded following a short legal battle earlier today. The parties will debate their policies for the next 5 years and in some cases beyond. Labour just launched its manifesto, and the current polls show Fine Gael at 28%, Labour at 8%, Fianna Fail at 18%, Sinn Fein at 20%, Social Democrats on 4%, AAA-PBP 3%, The Green Party at 2%, Renua at 1% and Independents at 16%.
There are 6 electoral areas in Limerick. Limerick City East, North and West with 8, 6 and 7 seats respectively. Adare-Rathkeale and Newcastle West each have 6 seats, while Cappamore-Kilmallock has 7 seats.
A hijacking occurred on the M20 in Limerick, in which a man in his 30s was forced off the road as he was travelling southbound in his car. He was threatened at knife point and money was taken from him. He was taken to Limerick Regional Hospital, his injures were not life threatening and he was later released. Two men and two women have been arrested in connection with the Hijacking.
Two men have been arrested following a Garda search operation in Co. Limerick on Saturday (14/12/13). The operation was part of an ongoing investigation into criminal activate in the Limerick area. Cash was discovered at a property in Portcrusha near Castleconnell. The Divisional Drugs and Crime Units searched the property and found €1million in cash. The men are aged in their 40s and 50s.
Gardaí at Roxboro Road Garda Station are investing a shooting incident, which occured at Byrne Avenue, Prospect, Limerick. A 26 year old man was shot in the stomach. He was taken to University Hospital Limerick with non life threatening injuries. The shooting took place at 21:30 on Thursday 12/12/13. A man aged 28 has been arrested.