Full recount of votes in the Listowel Electoral Area to take place on February 10th

A full recount of votes in the Listowel Electoral Area in the 2014 Local Elections will take place on Wednesday, February 10th at 9am in John Mitchells GAA clubhouse. The new date and venue was set at Limerick Circuit Court this morning by Judge Tom O’Donnell. Dan Kiely Director of Services with Kerry County Council, Charlie O’Sullivan has been appointed returning officer by the court. The recount of all 14,929 ballots in the seven-seat Listowel area follows a successful Supreme Court challenge to the outcome of the result in December. Former Fianna Fáil senator Dan Kiely mounted the challenge after he lost out in winning a seat by just two votes. Announcing his decision at Limerick Circuit Court this morning, Judge Tom O’Donnell noted some of the candidates’ dismay but said this was the earliest date that could be set. Mr Kiely was represented by his barrister Liz Murphy, instructed by solicitor Paul O’Donoghue. The only other candiate at this morning’s court sitting was Independent Michael O’Gorman, represented by barrister Richard Liston, instructed by Louis McDonough. Seven days notice must now be given and this will be published in the local press. All 15 candidates, who contested the Local Elections in the Listowel Area will also be notified. The mattered had been adjourned from Tralee Circuit Court on Monday to allow Kerry County Council arrange a date and venue for the count and appoint a returning officer. Judge O’Donnell also announced Martin O’Donoghue would be the deputy returning officer.