Defeated TD James Bannon said following his elimination earlier this morning in Kenagh, that he will look at the “legal option”.
Within 14 days, he has the right to apply to the High Court to have the election examined if he wishes.
“The margin of my defeat is very narrow,” he told journalists.
“I will of course assess the result in this context. Only after I have taken careful advice will I make a decision on whether or not to pursue a legal option.”
Mr Bannon was eliminated following completion of the 14th count. Following the marathon 2nd recount, called by himself on Monday night, he emerged with a sixteen vote lead over his neighbour and political rival, Labour’s Willie Penrose.
However, as that recount also confirmed the election of Cllr Kevin Boxer Moran, there was a 72 vote surplus from Moran to be distributed in the 14th count. That altered the balance and left Willie Penrose six votes ahead of James Bannon, which knocked him out of the race.