Kerry: Healy-Rae brothers go on 'victory tour' of the Kingdom
Published 27/02/2016 | 16:33
The Healy-Rae victory tour is winding its way around The Kingdom, taking in every village and town en route.
The cavalcade of about 50 vehicles is being led by Danny Healy-Rae’s jeep and Michael’s black Skoda car, and accompanied by two Garda outriders.
It was due to travel to Castleisland, Listowel and Tralee before returning to Killarney later this evening.
There will be live music on the main street of Kilgarvan tonight where an “almighty” celebration is taking place and thousands of supporters are expected.
The brothers made history today when both were officially elected to the 32nd Dáil, the first time the feat has ever been achieved by two siblings in the same constituency, in the same election.
Michael Healy-Rae, an outgoing Independent TD, was the highest vote getter in the country, achieving a massive 20,378 first preferences.
His surplus helped push his older brother Danny, a member of Kerry County Council, over the line this morning.
Meanwhile, Diaspora Minister Jimmy Deenihan has lost his seat and been eliminated at the final count in Kerry.
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The five-times All-Ireland footballer said he believed another election would take place “very soon” but stopped short of ruling himself in or out.
He blamed his defeat on being targeted by people who were not happy with the Government and on a feeling that got out that he was ‘safe’.
“If I ever hear ‘Jimmy is ok’ again, I’ll lose it,” he said.
“We had to make hard decisions and I had to stick by them but we had to do what we had to do.”
His party college, Brendan Griffin, has retained his seat and took the third seat on the 11th count with 14,050 votes.
Martin Ferris (SF) also retained his seat and both he and newcomer John Brassil (FF) were deemed elected on the 11th count having not reached the quota, with Fianna Fáil regaining the seat they lost in the 2011 general election.
Labour’s Arthur Spring was another high profile casualty for the Government, following his elimination after the 10th count.