Today’s Council meeting expected to discuss Kiely judgement

Kerry County Council will hold its monthly meeting today in the wake of a Supreme Court judgement last week which will require a recount to be held to select seven of its elected councillors. The council has advised members however that there’s nothing in the judgement to prevent the council in discharging its duties as normal. KCC logo The pre-Christmas monthly meeting will be held in Ballymacelligott Community Centre at 11am. 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. This means that all of 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. Kerry County Council says however that nothing in the judgement in any way invalidates the current council or stops it from fulfilling its functions. Management is expected to provide more information to councillors following further consultation with its legal advisers. It’s customary for the December monthly meeting of the council to be held in the home area of the sitting chairperson. Ballymacelligott councillor, Pat McCarthy is the current cathaoirleach and, accordingly, today’s gathering will take place in the Ballymacelligott Community Centre.