Fianna Fáil's John Brassil tops poll at Listowel Electoral Area count afresh
FIANNA Fáil General Election candidate John Brassil has topped the poll at the Listowel Electoral Area count afresh and has been deemed elected on the first count.
Sinn Féin’s Robert Beasley has also been elected having exceeded the quota.
The count afresh in Co Kerry follows a successful Supreme Court challenge by former Fianna Fáil senator Dan Kiely, who stood as an Independent candidate but lost out on a seat by two votes.
Independent candidate Kate Carmody has now been eliminated and her transfers are being distributed at the count centre in John Mitchel’s GAA Club in Tralee.
The count resumed shortly after 2.30pm, following the return of the returning officer Charlie O’Sullivan and candidates, who had attend a specially sitting of Limerick Circuit Court this morning, where Judge Tom O’Donnell adjudicated on disputed ballot papers.
Because of the judge’s ruling, Mr Kiely’s first preferences were down by three from the previous count in May 2014.
Fine Gael’s Mike Kennelly, who beat Mr Kiely by two votes for the last seat the last time out, was also down one first preference.
Fianna Fáil councillor Jimmy Moloney, who was five votes ahead of Mr Kiely when elected in 2014, also lost one first preference in the count afresh.