The motion of no confidence put forward by Fine Gael in Sinn Féin councillor Toireasa Ferris as Mayor of Kerry has been defeated.
After a heated debate, the motion fell by 12 votes to eight.
All parties present spoke of their disappointment that she had failed to condemn the murder of Detective Garda Gerry McCabe.
A motion put forward by Fine Gael called for her to issue a condemnation of the murder,
Fianna Fáil also put forward a motion rejecting the position of Sinn Féin on the issue.
Toireasa Ferris expressed her disappointment in the behaviour of the political parties over the past week and said that she had made the comments as a Sinn Féin councillor and not as Mayor of Kerry.