Monday 23 October 2017

Video: 'Almighty celebration' as Healy Rae brothers' victory parade goes on tour of Kerry

Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

The Healy-Rae victory tour is winding its way around the Kingdom, taking in every village and town en route.

The cavalcade of about 50 vehicles is being led by Danny Healy-Rae’s jeep and Michael’s black Skoda car, and accompanied by two Garda outriders.

It will take in Castleisland, Listowel and Tralee before returning to Killarney later this evening.

There will be live music on the main street of Kilgarvan tonight where an “almighty” celebration is taking place and thousands of supporters are expected.

The brothers made history today when both were officially elected to the 32nd Dáil, the first time the feat has ever been achieved by two siblings in the same constituency, in the same election.

Michael Healy-Rae, an outgoing Independent TD, was the highest vote getter in the country, achieving a massive 20,378 first preferences.

His surplus helped push his older brother Danny, a member of Kerry County Council, over the line this morning.

Meanwhile, Distribution of the votes of two more eliminated candidates has now begun in Kerry.

Brian Finucane (AAA-PBP) and Michael Pixie O’Gorman (Ind) were both eliminated after the eight count with1,429 and 1,674 votes respectively.

Both candidates were based in the northern end of the constituency and Martin Ferris (SF) is expected to benefit most by their elimination.

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