Cllr. Farrelly Gets High Court Thumbs Up for Disputed Vote Review

On the Road Again: The just elected Cllr. Charlie Farrelly is on the road again this time to the High Court after today’s ruling. Photograph: John Reidy 25-5-2019

The recent controversy which arose as a result of a vote that was taken at the on-line November monthly meeting of Kerry County Council to elect two councillors to the board of North, East & West Kerry Development took another twist today

On the day, three councillors were proposed and seconded for the positions; one from Fianna Fáil, one from Fine Gael and Cllr. Charlie Farrelly from the Independent side.

When the Result Wasn’t the Result

The result of the vote was as follows: Fianna Fáil candidate 16; Cllr. Farrelly, Independent 9; Fine Gael candidate 0.

“It was and still is my view that the top two should have got elected but that is not what happened,” said Cllr. Farrelly this evening on hearing from the High Court that his legal representatives have been granted leave to seek a full judicial review of his stance on the matter and how it was conducted at that meeting.

Second Vote – New Winner

On the occasion of the meeting in November, a second vote was then held between the two lowest candidates which resulted in the Fine Gael candidate getting 16 and Cllr. Farrelly remaining on nine votes.

“Because I genuinely believed that I was the victim of a grave injustice on the day I decided that I would take my case to the High Court in Dublin and try and seek a Judical Review of the matter.

Full Judicial Review

“I am absolutely delighted to report that in the High Court in Dublin this morning Mr. Justice Charles Meenan granted my Barrister Liz Murphy and Solicitor Dan O’Connor leave to seek a full Judicial Review of the case.

“The legal route is not the road I wanted to go down but as a matter of principle and fairness this is the only option left open to me.

Independents, Sinn Féin and Labour

“I would like to sincerely thank my independent colleagues along with the members of Sinn Féin and the Labour Party members on Kerry County Council who voted for me on this matter on that day in November,” said a delighted Cllr. Farrelly.

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