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Two sons of Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rae set to appear in court charged with assault

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Charges: Jackie and Kevin Healy-Rae on their way to the Dáil following their father’s election in 2016
 Photo: Don MacMonagle

Charges: Jackie and Kevin Healy-Rae on their way to the Dáil following their father’s election in 2016 Photo: Don MacMonagle

Charges: Jackie and Kevin Healy-Rae on their way to the Dáil following their father’s election in 2016 Photo: Don MacMonagle

Two sons of high-profile Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae are due to appear in court on assault charges later this year.

The charges against Jackie (23) and Kevin Healy-Rae (21) relate to an alleged incident the Christmas before last in Kenmare, Co Kerry.

Both are grandsons of the late Jackie Healy-Rae, who was an Independent TD for Kerry South from 1997 to 2011. A third man is also facing charges related to the same matter.

Summonses are expected to be served shortly and the matter is set to be scheduled to come before Kenmare District Court in April.

Jackie is aiming to become the latest member of the political dynasty to be elected when he stands in the Castleisland district of Co Kerry in the local elections later this year.

For the past five years he has worked as a parliamentary assistant to his father.

He is facing two charges. The first is a charge of assault causing harm to a man at Main Street, Kenmare, on December 28, 2017. The second is a charge of assault on the same man at East Park Lane, Kenmare, on the same date.

Kevin Healy-Rae, a disc jockey, is facing one charge of assault causing harm to the same man. Both brothers have an address at Sandymount in Kilgarvan, Co Kerry.

The District Court can impose sentences of up to 12 months in prison for people convicted of assault causing harm.

However, incidents deemed serious enough can be sent forward to the Circuit Criminal Court, where there is a maximum sentence of five years in jail.

A third person, Malachy Scannell (33), of Inchinacoosh, Kilgarvan, Co Kerry, is also facing a charge of assault causing harm to the same man.

He is also facing a second assault causing harm charge in relation to another man.

Mr Scannell is also facing a further charge of criminal damage to someone's glasses.

Contacted for comment, Jackie Healy-Rae said he had not received a summons.

"I received nothing in effect. I won't be making a statement," he told the Irish Independent. "I'm on my way right now for my first day of canvassing. Hopefully the people of Castleisland will give me a chance.

"That's my number one goal for this year, to get elected if the people of Castleisland will have me."

His father, Michael Healy-Rae, declined to comment.

The family have been involved in local and national politics for several decades.

They currently occupy two of the five Dáil seats in the Kerry constituency and also have two seats on Kerry County Council.

Michael Healy-Rae has been a TD since 2011, while his brother Danny was also elected to the Dáil in 2016.

Danny's son Johnny was elected to the council in 2014, while his daughter Maura was co-opted onto the council to fill the seat her father had vacated after his election to the Dáil.

Irish Independent