Monday 25 September 2017

Judge to rule on disputed council ballots

'The 'count afresh' follows a successful Supreme Court Challenge by former Fianna Fáil senator Dan Kiely'. Photo: Domnick Walsh
'The 'count afresh' follows a successful Supreme Court Challenge by former Fianna Fáil senator Dan Kiely'. Photo: Domnick Walsh
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A circuit Court judge will decide on disputed ballot papers from the 2014 local elections this morning before a recount of votes can recommence in Co Kerry.

Counting of votes in the Listowel electoral area was suspended last night when candidates' agents could not reach agreement on the validity of 32 ballots.

This followed over five hours of adjudication, during which counting was suspended at John Mitchel's GAA Club in Tralee.

Judge Tom O'Donnell will now decide if these ballot papers will be included in the valid poll.

The 'count afresh' follows a successful Supreme Court Challenge by former Fianna Fáil senator Dan Kiely.

Mr Kiely, who ran as an Independent, narrowly missed out on winning a seat in the Listowel electoral area in the 2014 local election by only two votes.

In December, the court upheld Mr Kiely's claim that there was a mistake in the count.

Irish Independent

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