Court orders recount of 2014 local election

Supreme Court orders votes cast in Listowel election are to be re-counted

Court orders recount of 2014 local election

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Votes cast in the 2014 local elections for Listowel, Co. Kerry will have to be counted again following a Supreme Court ruling.

Former Senator Dan Kiely challenged the result after losing out on a seat on Kerry County Council by just two votes.

The court agreed that inferring a first preference on ballot cards where only the numbers 3, 4 and 5 were used was a mistake.

All five judges agreed it rendered the outcome unlawful, while four of the five ruled there should be a recount.

Mr Kiely lost a close race for the final seat in the constituency in the 2014 election.