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Healy-Rae and neighbour find common ground in land row

A BITTER dispute that resulted in the hospitalisation of Independent Kerry councillor Danny Healy-Rae and another man last year has been resolved.

The civil action, which arose from a land row involving Mr Healy-Rae and his neighbour, was settled at Killarney Circuit Court yesterday.

Patrick Kieran Traynor, of Riverside Farm, Gortnaboul, Kilgarvan, Co Kerry, had taken the action against father-of-six Mr Healy-Rae, claiming he was prevented from accessing his lands. He claims the existence of an ancient right of way that goes through lands occupied by Mr Healy-Rae at Fussa, Kilgarvan.

Former Kerry South TD Jackie Healy-Rae was in court yesterday to support his son.

Mr Healy-Rae and Mr Traynor's brother Con were both hospitalised last year for injuries they received in an alleged altercation that arose over the dispute.

It was alleged that on or about May 16 Mr Healy-Rae erected a set of gate posts and a pair of iron gates on his lands, which he then locked, denying Mr Traynor access. On the same date it was claimed that Mr Healy-Rae, who was described as a publican and farmer, assaulted Mr Traynor's brother and told him he was not entitled to enter the passageway.

Mr Traynor's solicitor Padraig O'Connell said: "I'm very pleased with the outcome which was achieved after day-long negotiations. Great credit is due to the parties and to their advisers."

The terms of the settlement were not disclosed but five written pages and maps were handed into Judge Sean O Donnabhain.

However, it is understood that under the terms of the settlement Mr Healy-Rae has agreed to remove the lock from the gates and to remove the gates by August.

Irish Independent