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Saturday 18 November 2017

Brothers consult lawyer over 'Healy-Raegate'

Barry Duggan

TWO brothers who were involved in an alleged altercation with a son of TD Jackie Healy-Rae are considering their legal position, their solicitor has confirmed.

The alleged confrontation -- which is believed to centre on a land dispute -- is drawing comparisons with John B Keane's 'The Field'.

Danny Healy-Rae, an independent local councillor, is being cared for at his home in Kilgarvan, Co Kerry, following the incident on Saturday.

It is understood Mr Healy-Rae was transferred to hospital after an incident with brothers Con and Kieran Traynor over the erection of galvanised gates and a lock at a laneway at Fossa, Kilgarvan.

It had initially been believed that just Mr Healy-Rae and one other man had been involved.

However, the Irish Independent understands that a third man had been involved.

Kieran Traynor was also brought to Kerry General Hospital in Tralee after he suffered head injuries during the altercation.

It is believed that Kieran struck his head off a rock at the laneway at around 1pm on Saturday.

The two injured men were brought to hospital separately.

Gardai are attempting to establish what exactly happened and are expected to interview a number of people over the coming days.

Last night, Killarney-based solicitor Padraig O'Connell -- who is representing the Traynor brothers -- said all legal avenues are open to be pursued.

"They (Kieran and Con Traynor) are presently considering their legal position," Mr O'Connell said.

"A decision will be made shortly on how this matter will be progressing."


It is understood that Con Traynor is a landowner near the laneway where the altercation took place.

Kieran has since been discharged from hospital and is recovering at home, where he remains under medical care of his GP.

Mr Healy-Rae, who runs a pub in the south Kerry village, is also a local landowner.

It is believed that the origins of the alleged incident derive from a disputed right of way on the laneway.

The gates and lock at the entrance were only erected recently.

Both the Traynor brothers and the Healy-Rae family are well known in the region.

Mr Healy-Rae is the son of politician, Jackie Healy-Rae who has been returned as an independent TD for South Kerry since 1997.

Mr Healy-Rae refused to comment yesterday when contacted by the Irish Independent.

Mr Healy-Rae's brother, Michael, who is also a Kerry County Councillor, said Mr Healy-Rae was recovering at home. "I was at a meeting yesterday and a clinic last night so I haven't met him since he came out of hospital, but he'll be recovering," Michael said.

In the tight knit community of Kilgarvan, all are talking privately about the controversy but none will comment publicly.

"Everyone here would know all involved," one man, who did not want to be named, said yesterday. "The Traynors and Healy-Raes are known by all here and back to Kenmare.

"It is a small place and it would be wrong to talk about friends and neighbours in this light," he added.

Investigations are continuing and all sides are understood to be considering their legal positions.

Irish Independent

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