Limerick FC have been deemed to have finished bottom of the 2019 First Division after receiving a 26-point deduction in the wake of the appointment of an Examiner to the club in September. 

The Munster club, who were relegated from the Premier Division in 2018 after losing a promotion/relegation play-off to Finn Harps, have endured a troubled season back in the second tier.

Tommy Barrett's side never threatened promotion back to the top tier, finishing sixth in the table.

The club, however, entered examinership less than two months ago and today were sanctioned by the Independent Club Licensing Committee who imposed a 26-point deduction.

Their revised points tally thus sits on 10 points, one behind Wexford FC, the previous occupiers of 10th spot in the league. 

The club has been beset by problems in 2019, citing in its submission to the High Court in September the allegations of match-fixing, the threat of a players strike in May, issues over its licence to play in the League of Ireland, its tenancy of the Markets Field Stadium and declining attendances. 

The High Court confirmed the appointment of an examiner to the club in September, with the judge saying that while the club was clearly insolvent, it had the reasonable prospect of survival in the event of a successful examinership.