Date set for Kiely's challenge against local election result

A LEGAL challenge to the result of the local election count in the Listowel LEA by Dan Kiely is listed before Tralee Circuit Court in a civil bill on Tuesday, June 17 next.

Former Fianna Fáil senator Dan Kiely lost out on a council seat by just two votes in a result that was upheld in a recount. However, the former senator is now looking for a full recount once more, this time seeking to pay particular attention to invalid ballots or spoiled votes.

With such a tight result, Mr Kiely hopes to identify ballots that were judged as spoiled but could be held to indicate number-one support for him or ballots over which there had initially been doubt but were ultimately left through. Candidates are allowed examine these ballots under the supervision of a returning officer, but Mr Kiely claims neither he nor any of his agents were party to this adjudication.

Solicitor Paul O'Donoghue who is acting for Dan Kiely said the civil bill to come before the Circuit Court in Tralee seeks a full recount on all ballots, including those deemed invalid.

Meanwhile, the first ever meeting of the new council takes place on Friday, and will be attended by the seven candidates elected in the Listowel LEA on the last recount. A number of them will no doubt be hoping the comfortable feel of the newly-installed seats in the remodelled chamber will prove a regular pleasure in their lives.