Tuesday 28 January 2020

Healy-Raes ordered to make poor box donation after charges

Danny Healy-Rae: the publican, farmer and councillor was fined €800
Danny Healy-Rae: the publican, farmer and councillor was fined €800
Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

TWO members of the Healy-Rae clan have ended up in court -- one accused of giving "a mouthful of abuse" to a garda, and one for having people on his licensed premises after hours.

Ian Healy-Rae (26), of Sandymount, Kilgarvan, Co Kerry, whose father Michael is an independent TD, will avoid a conviction if he makes a contribution of €1,000 to the court poor box.

And in a separate incident, his uncle, Kerry county councillor Danny Healy-Rae, was ordered at the same court sitting to make a donation of €800 to the court poor box for having people on his licensed premises after hours.

Late-night drinkers were "herded out" the back door of Danny Healy-Rae's pub in Kilgarvan as gardai were knocking on the front door in the early hours of the morning, Kenmare District Court heard. Danny Healy-Rae, who is the licensee, was not there at the time.

The court heard that the drinkers were ushered out of the pub at 2.40am on March 31.

Inspector Fearghal Patwell said gardai heard people inside and when they looked through the curtains they saw them being ushered through a door by Danny Healy-Rae's son, Dan.

The gardai knocked on the door for a further 10 minutes but were not admitted.

When they set up a checkpoint outside the pub at 2.52am, a door in the private quarters of the premises opened and they were approached by Danny Healy-Rae's wife, Eileen.

Danny Healy-Rae's defence said although his client was not on the premises, he accepted it should have been closed since 1am but an employee was celebrating his birthday.

He said the celebrations were taking place in the kitchen, separate from the bar, and the drinks were not being paid for.

He said when knocking was heard on the front door, those inside thought it was members of the public trying to get in.


Meanwhile, Ian Healy-Rae's solicitor said his client "lost his head" when he verbally abused a garda outside O'Reilly's Bar in Kilgarvan on July 9 last.

Garda Noel O'Leary told Kenmare District Court last Friday that he found Ian Healy-Rae in an intoxicated state but when he told him to go home he got a "mouthful of abuse".

He was subsequently charged with using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour under Section Six of the Public Order Act. His defence said Ian Healy-Rae had apologised for what he did.

He said if a conviction was recorded against his client, he would not be able to get a visa for the United States, where his grandmother lives.

Irish Independent

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