Sunday 23 November 2014

Johnny Healy-Rae joins father Danny with Kerry County Council seat

Published 25/05/2014 | 00:17

24-05-2014: Cllr Danny Healy Rae at the election count in Killarney Sports Centre on Saturday. Picture: Eamonn Keogh (MacMonagle, Killarney)
24-05-2014: Cllr Danny Healy Rae at the election count in Killarney Sports Centre on Saturday. Picture: Eamonn Keogh (MacMonagle, Killarney)

LIKE father, like son - Johnny Healy-Rae has followed in his dad Danny's footsteps and has just been elected to Kerry County Council.

The 29-year-old topped the poll in the South and West Kerry electoral area securing an impressive 3,495 first preferences, 1,415 above the 2,080 quota.

Independent candidate Michael Cahill was also comfortably elected on the first count with his 2,306 showing.

Healy-Rae said he was delighted to be elected but both he and his father were "only furrowing" what his grandfather Jackie had ploughed.

He also said his grandfather was listening to the results on local radio from his hospital bed at Kerry General Hospital.

"I hope he's proud of me because I was certainly proud of him when my uncle John collected him from hospital yesterday and he came to Kilgarvan to vote for me," he said, adding that he had been "tied to" his granddad from about the age of three.

"I was tied to him and that's the honest truth," he said.

The count has been suspended for tonight to resume in the morning with the division of Healy-Rae's surplus.

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