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Thursday 18 January 2018

Healy-Rae's son Danny hospitalised in land row

Anne Lucey

A son of independent TD Jackie Healy-Rae was in a stable condition in hospital last night following what has been described as an altercation during a land dispute.

Danny Healy-Rae, who is a member of Kerry County Council, was one of two men treated in hospital following the incident, which took place near the village of Kilgarvan.

The independent councillor and father of six is in a stable condition in hospital.

Gardai in Kenmare have confirmed that an incident took place involving two men and said they were investigating.

Gardai were called to the scene near the townland of Fossa, where the councillor owns farmland and a pub, at lunchtime on Saturday. It is understood the row is "land related" and may centre on a disputed right of way.

Ambulances were called and Mr Healy-Rae and the other man were removed to Kerry General Hospital.

The second man was treated for his injuries and later discharged.

Mr Healy-Rae, however, remains at Kerry General Hospital and will most likely miss a crucial meeting this morning at nearby Aras an Chontae in Tralee, where there are proposals to dezone large tracts of land in the mid-Kerry area.


Mr Healy-Rae is adamantly against the controversial de-zoning proposals, saying the market should be allowed dictate the demand for development land and the consumer can only benefit from competition in the long term.

His brother Michael, who is also a councillor, yesterday said Mr Healy-Rae was undergoing scans and tests.

He visited him on Saturday night and Mr Healy-Rae has injuries to bones in his back and has facial injuries, but is not in a serious condition.

"Everyone was very concerned as to the extent of his injuries," Cllr Michael Healy-Rae said.

He added that he could not comment further on the incident.

Irish Independent

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