Three men, including a 23-year-old local election candidate, have been before Kenmare District Court in Co Kerry charged with assault causing harm to another man during a late-night incident in the town in December 2017.

Jackie Healy-Rae, who works as a full-time parliamentary assistant for his father, TD Michael Healy-Rae, Jackie’s brother, Kevin Healy-Rae, and a third man, Malachy Scannell, all face charges arising out of the same incident.

Jackie Healy-Rae, of Sandymount, Kilgarvan, Co Kerry, was charged with assault causing harm to Kieran James on Main Street in the town on 28 December 2017. 

He is also charged with assaulting Mr James at East Park Lane in the town on the same date. 

His brother, 22-year-old Kevin Healy-Rae, also of Sandymount, Kilgarvan, Co Kerry, is charged with assault causing harm to Mr James.

Mr Scannell, 34 of Inchinacoosh, Kilgarvan, County Kerry is facing three charges.

He is charged with assault causing harm to Mr James and assault causing harm to Cornelius O'Sullivan at Main Street, Kenmare on 28 December 2017.

He is also charged with criminal damage to a pair of Mr O'Sullivan's prescription glasses.

Judge David Waters accepted jurisdiction in the case after he was told that the Director of Public Prosecutions had directed summary disposal in the district court.

Solicitor Padraig O'Connell said all charges would be contested and he sought time to allow him to gather prosecution statements in the case.

Judge Waters adjourned the case for mention on 7 June.