Cllr. Charlie Farrelly Wins His ‘Unfair Treatment’ Case against Kerry County Council

Cllr. Charlie Farrelly expressed great relief and a weight off his shoulders after the High Court judgement upheld his challenge to what he termed ‘unfair treatment’ by Kerry County Council. (C)Photograph: John Reidy

Cllr. Charlie Farrelly, the Castleisland based independent member of the Castleisland Corca Dhuibhne Municipal District Council, yesterday won a High Court challenge he took against Kerry County Council.

He initiated legal proceedings against the council over what he saw as unfair treatment in a voting system which denied him a seat on the board of North, East and West Kerry Development in November 2020.

Flawed Voting System

The case revolved around the adaptation of a voting system which was ultimately found to favour the bigger parties but which has now been proven to be flawed in its execution by the executive of Kerry County Council on that occasion.

Cllr. Farrelly, who only recently retired from his job with the Kerry County Council Roads and Transportation Department and is now concentrating on his political career on a full-time basis, said that the result of the case is a huge relief to him and his family.

Can’t Walk Away

“It’s a massive weight off my shoulders but it was something I had to take on. You just can’t walk away from an issue you find to be unfair and unjust and luckily for me Justice Hyland’s judgement came down on my side today,” said Cllr. Farrelly who is now in the process of planning a summer festival for Castleisland for the middle of June.

RTÉ reported on the case after its conclusion yesterday and you can read all about it with a click on the link here:

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