Friday 21 July 2017

Dublin South-Central: FF's Ardagh will not rule out a legal challenge

Catherine Ardagh. Picture: Ronan Lang
Catherine Ardagh. Picture: Ronan Lang
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Fianna Fáil's Catherine Ardagh has not ruled out bringing a legal challenge over any disputed votes.

Ms Ardagh and the PBP-AAA's Brid Smith were both in contention for the fourth and final place after the distribution of Joan Collins's surplus brought 35 votes between the Dublin South-Central candidates.

A recount was called by Fianna Fáil over the weekend, which was completed on Sunday night with 160 disputed votes left to be decided on by both teams and the returning officer.

Ms Smith said about 60 of the votes were clearly spoiled, leaving 100 that were being closely scrutinised late into last night . Ms Smith remained hopeful she would win the seat, adding: "I've had a huge amount of solidarity."

Ms Ardagh stressed the recount was the "right thing to do" and although not hoping to bring the issue to the Circuit Court, she said it may be possible. "I'm not gunning to bring anyone to court but if the figures warrant it, so be it, but it's not something I'm going to be rushing to do," she added.

Sinn Féin's Aengus O'Snodaigh, Independent Joan Collins and Fine Gael's Catherine Byrne have already been elected.

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