Dan Kiely Supreme Court costs to be paid by Kerry County Council

The Supreme Court has ordered Kerry County Council to pay a large portion of the costs associated with the Dan Kiely local election court challenge. Public Domain ImageAt a sitting in Dublin today the five judge court ordered the council to pay the costs of the plaintiff Mr Dan Kiely and notice party Michael Pixey O’Gorman for the supreme court portion of the case. It awarded no costs to the other notice party Fine Gael. The court affirmed that the Circuit Court costs would be paid by each party to the case. The costs for the Supreme Court portion of the case may run into six figures. Following the historic decision to order a count afresh in the Listowel Municipal local election of 2014, members of Kerry County Council had called for the Department of the Environment to bear the costs of the case as the council was operating on guidelines issued by the department at the time. The court also stated today that it was somewhat surprised that count afresh had not yet taken place. The count is to take place next Wednesday 10th February and has the potential to change the make-up of Kerry County Council’s elected members for Listowel. In a statement released this evening from Kerry County Council – the local authority says it notes the decision and details of the legal costs involved have yet to be determined. The council says it will make every effort to minimise its financial exposure and the matter is being discussed with the Department of the Environment.