Elections

Saturday 2 August 2014

Healy-Raes maintain grip in Kingdom but Spring tide is out

MAJELLA O'SULLIVAN

Published 25/05/2014|02:30

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SEASONED CAMPAIGNER: Jackie Healy-Rae listens in from his hospital bed for news of his son Danny and grandson Johnny’s performance as they fight for seats on Kerry County Council. Photo: Don MacMonagle
SEASONED CAMPAIGNER: Jackie Healy-Rae listens in from his hospital bed for news of his son Danny and grandson Johnny’s performance as they fight for seats on Kerry County Council. Photo: Don MacMonagle

KERRY is still firmly the kingdom of the Healy-Rae dynasty after father and son Danny and Johnny both emerged as poll-toppers.

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Danny Healy-Rae polled strongly with 4,379 first preference votes or 23.9 per cent in the Killarney area – over two quotas – while his son Johnny was also home and dry in South and West Kerry with 3,503 votes or 16.9 per cent – more than 1,200 over the quota.

Final tally figures for Kerry last night showed seven candidates vying for 33 seats will have reached the quota on the first count.

Michael Gleeson of the South Kerry Independent Alliance is also home safe in the eight-seater, well exceeding the quota in the Killarney area, polling 11.2 per cent.

In South and West Kerry Michael Cahill (Ind) is also looking comfortable to take the second seat, only 100 votes short of the quota.

Sinn Fein's Toireasa Ferris and Pa Daly will both be elected on the first count in the Tralee area.

Norma Foley (FF), Jim Finucane (FG), Pat McCarthy (FG) and Terry O'Brien (Lab) also look set to be re-elected.

For the Spring dynasty, however, the outlook was not good with Graham – the nephew of former Tanaiste Dick – struggling for a seat in the Tralee area.

In Listowel, two candidates looked certain to exceed the quota and be elected on the first count with John Brassil (FF) topping the poll at 13 per cent, followed by Sinn Fein's Robert Beasley at 12.4 per cent.

Fianna Fail looks likely to claim two of the seven seats with John Moloney also polling well.

Newcomer Aoife Thornton (FG) is well placed to take the third seat, followed closely by her party colleague Liam Purtill.

Sunday Independent

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