A KERRY South TD's son who verbally abused a garda is to pay €1,000 to the court poor box in lieu of a formal conviction for engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.
Deputy Michael HealyRae's son, Ian Healy-Rae (26), of Sandymount, Kilgarvan, appeared before the November sitting of Kenmare District Court on Friday, charged with the offence, which occurred at O'Reilly's Bar, Kilgarvan, on July 9 last.
Mr Healy-Rae's solicitor said his client admitted that "he lost his head".
Garda Noel O'Leary said he found Ian Healy-Rae, a machine driver, sitting in an intoxicated state at the rear of O'Reilly's on the night in question. Garda O'Leary said he told Mr HealyRae to go home and got a mouthful of verbal abuse in response.
Solicitor Edward O'Driscoll said his client was "asked to go, but wouldn't go, he wanted to finish his drink". "He has apologised for what he said. He called to the station a number of times to meet you," Mr O'Driscoll said to Garda O'Leary. "He said he lost his head". The solicitor said the "crux" of the matter for Ian Healy-Rae was that his grandmother lived in the United States and that a conviction under the Public Order Act would "render it impossible for him to get a visa to go" and visit her.
Judge James O'Connor noted that Ian Healy-Rae had a clean record and he said he would "give him one break".
He directed Mr Healy-Rae to make his volunteered €1,000 contribution to the court poorbox by December 7 next in order for the charge to be struck out.
Contacted by The Kerryman following the court hearing, Deputy Michael Healy Rae (pictured above) said he did not think it appropriate to comment on the matter.