Dan Kiely appeal against local election result to be mentioned in Supreme Court today

The legal challenge by a Kerry local election candidate against the result of the outcome of elections to Kerry County Council last year is to be discussed in the Supreme Court this morning. Gavel 2 Former Fianna Fail Senator Dan Kiely, who contested the election as an independent, took the case in relation to the outcome of the Listowel Electoral Area in May 2014. Dan Kiely missed out on a seat in the Listowel Electoral Area by just two votes. He brought a case to the Circuit Court challenging a decision of the returning officer, Michael McMahon, not to allow him view 173 invalid votes as part of a recount. Mr Kiely was not present at the time the invalid votes were first adjudicated upon. Judge Carroll Moran found no error on the part of the returning officer and dismissed all aspects of the appeal in the Circuit Court. The case was subsequently appealed to the Supreme Court by Dan Kiely’s legal team. Kiely versus Kerry County Council is due for mention in the Supreme Court at 11.35 this morning when it’s expected a date for the hearing of the case will be agreed. Mr Kiely will be represented at the hearing by his solicitor, Paul O’Donoghue, and barrister Elizabeth Murphy.