Kerry rate payers should not have to carry the can in landmark Supreme Court judgement, according to Cllrs

Kerry County Council and Kerry rate payers should not carry the can in relation to costs following last week’s Supreme Court judgement, according to a number of county councillors. Many Councillors pointed out that Kerry County Council was following guidelines from the Department of the Environment. Following a legal challenge taken by Independent candidate and former senator, Dan Kiely, the Supreme Court ordered that a full recount of votes for the Listowel Electoral Area take place. The judgement means that all the ballot papers for the seven-seater will have to be re-mixed and re-counted at a date which is yet to be decided. Moira Murrell/issued by Kerry County Council Kerry County Council CEO Moira Murrell told the local authority’s Christmas meeting in Ballymacelligott Community Centre that the issue of costs will be dealt with in January by the Supreme Court. Ms Murrell also reiterated on foot of legal advice that it is very much business as usual for Kerry County Council. The council was also urged to proceed with caution following the Supreme Court judgement by Councillors Pa Daly and Aoife Thornton who are also practising solicitors. Cllr Daly warned of any potential legal landmines and Cllr Thornton reminded the council that the matter is still before the courts. Councillors also urged that the matter should be dealt with as soon as possible; in response Director of Corporate Services Martin O’Donoghue said the ‘count afresh’ is under the jurisdiction of the Circuit Court and it will determine when matters will proceed.