IT WAS a long wait at the Kerry count centre in Killarney Sports & Leisure Club and well over 14 hours after the ballot boxes were opened, the cheers rang out as Michael Healy-Rae took the first seat.
As expected, Michael topped the poll in spectacular fashion, with the highest number of first preferences of any candidate in the country. He was followed by his brother Danny when returning officer Padraig Burke announced the results of the first count, which were as follows: Michael Healy-Rae, Independent, 20,378; Danny Healy-Rae, Independent, 9,991; Brendan Griffin, Fine Gael, 9,674; Martin Ferris, Sinn Fein, 9,458; John Brassil, Fianna Fail, 8,156; Jimmy Deenihan, Fine Gael, 6,489; Arthur Spring, Labour, 4,813; Norma Moriarty, Fianna Fail, 4,348; Michael Pixie O’Gorman, Independent, 1,236; Michael Fitzgerald, Green Party, 1,011, Brian Finucane, People Before Profit, 981; Grace O’Donnell, Fine Gael, 776; Donal Corcoran, Renua, 716; Mary Fitzgibbon, Independent, 635; Kevin Murphy, Independent, 464; Henry Gaynor, Independent, 147.
Michael Healy-Rae paid tribute to their canvassers and to the electorate. “We’re deeply humbled at the amount of people who came out to vote for Healy-Raes,” Michael told the Killarney Advertiser, as he stood flanked by his fellow general election candidate Danny and Danny’s son, county councillor Johnny.
“We are grateful that to all our canvassers who worked and suffered for us! An enormous effort went into it and it took a tremendous campaign to achieve the result that we attained.”
Earlier in the evening the sitting Independent TD had taken a spin in the open-top double-decker bus parked just outside the count centre, when going out to grab a bite to eat.
Danny entered the race just a fortnight ago, just moments before the deadline.
Competition has been fierce for seats in the now-five seat Kerry constituency. Five outgoing TDs have been among the 16 candidates.
The Healy-Rae brothers are determined to continue the family legacy begun by their father, the late Jackie Healy-Rae.
They were clear in their vote management strategy, immediately asking voters to vote for one or the other as number one and number two, depending on where in the county the voter lived.
Earlier on Saturday, Michael said on RTÉ: “Some people in Dublin don’t get this, but I’ll send a message. It’s all about being a servant to the people that elect you.” Addressing people in Dublin for a second time, Michael Healy-Rae said his critics will now have two people to take-on. “Some of the smart alecs in Dublin who may have picked on me in the past. Well, you know what? They’ll have to pick through him to get to me,” he said.
Danny, Johnny and Michael Healy-Rae.
Green light for teen accommodation
By Michelle Crean Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]
By Michelle Crean
Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.
An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.
The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.
The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.
The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.
The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.
Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.
Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months
By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]
By Sean Moriarty
Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.
Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.
Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.
“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”
She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.
“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”
Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities
An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities.
The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.
Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life.
“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement.
“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk.
An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.
An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/
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