Supreme Court reserves judgement in Dan Kiely election challenge

The Supreme Court has reserved judgement until next week in the case of a Kerry election candidate who challenged the result of last year’s local elections in the Listowel Electoral Area. Public Domain Image Former senator Dan Kiely missed out on a seat by just two votes in the May 2014 election. He subsequently mounted a legal challenge following a decision by the returning officer not to allow him examine spoiled votes as part of a recount. Mr Kiely’s legal team appealed to the Supreme Court following the rejection of the case by Tralee Circuit Court. In the Supreme Court yesterday, barrister Elizabeth Murphy, on behalf of Dan Kiely asked that the case be heard as soon as possible. She said there were important points of law to be considered and said there was an urgency in the matter. Ms Murphy also asked that the issues be heard by the Supreme Court itself rather than by the new Court of Appeal. Counsel for Kerry County Council – against whom the case is being taken – agreed that the Supreme Court should deal with the matter. The three judges of the Supreme Court reserved judgement on the matter. They adjourned the case to next Thursday when it’s expected a decision will be made on which court will hear the appeal.