Council to continue to function as normal pending the final outcome of legal challenge

Kerry County Council entrance2Kerry County Council is to continue to function as normal pending the final outcome of Dan Kiely’s legal challenge. The Supreme Court this week  upheld a legal challenge of the outcome of the vote in which Independent candidate Dan Kiely lost out on the final seat in the seven-seater by just two votes. The core issue in the case was whether a 3-4-5 marked on a ballot paper, in the absence of any marking of a number ‘1’ preference, can be deemed a valid vote in an election. Kerry County Council says its legal advisors are reviewing the four lengthy written judgments at present. The local authority has contacted all 33 councillors ahead of the last council meeting of 2015 on Monday. The email states the council are advised that nothing in the judgements invalidates the current council or the discharge of its functions and duties. The council will continue to function as normal pending the final outcome of this matter. Further clarification to members is to be provided in due course.