Councillor Calls For Future General Election Counts To Take Place In Tralee

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A TRALEE Muncipal District Councillor has called for future general election counts to take place in the town.

While the local election counts for Tralee and north Kerry traditionally take place in town, the general election count for the Kerry constituency has taken place in the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre in 2016 and 2020.

At the meeting of  Tralee Municipal District on Monday, Fianna Fáil Cllr Mikey Sheehy said that Tralee has a number of fantastic facilities to host such events and mentioned the new Kerry Sports Academy facility at IT Tralee.

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Sinn Féin Cllr Deirdre Ferris said parking was a huge issue at the recent election count, with people having to be bussed from Killarney town centre out to the bypass road, where the centre is located.

In reply, the Council said the location for opening and validation of elections and ballot boxes is primarily a matter for the County Registrar in his capacity as returning officer and the location is decided by a number of factors.

They said the facility is required for a period of days leading up to and after the event and not many private facilities are available for such an extended period at short notice.

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