Second Healy-Rae to run in Kerry

Thursday 11 February 2016 12.55
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Danny will join his brother Michael on the ticket
Danny will join his brother Michael on the ticket
Michael (l) with his late father, Jackie Healy-Rae, in 2014
Michael (l) with his late father, Jackie Healy-Rae, in 2014

A second Healy-Rae is to run in the Kerry constituency in the General Election.

Danny has joined his brother Michael on the ticket.

Their father, the late Jackie Healy-Rae, was elected to the Dáil in 1997.

He served the Kerry South constituency until 2011, when he stood down before the 2011 general election, with his son Michael taking a seat in the constituency.

Michael has said his brother Danny will focus on the Killarney electoral area, where he is a councillor, in the General Election campaign.

He will seek first-preference votes in this well-populated area and second preferences for his brother.

Michael Healy-Rae will then concentrate his efforts on the rest of the five-seat constituency.

He said Danny's late decision to run was heavily influenced by the withdrawal of fellow independent Tom Fleming last Friday.

The Healy-Raes claim they have been inundated with requests to run two Dáil candidates.

Healy-Rae candidates topped the poll in two electoral areas in Kerry in the 2014 council elections.

Kerry changes from two three-seaters (Kerry North-West Limerick and Kerry South) to a single five-seat constituency in this election.