Healy-Rae in hospital after roadside row over land

THE eldest son of Kerry TD Jackie Healy-Rae is in a stable condition in hospital after a row with another man over land.

Danny Healy-Rae sustained back and facial injuries during the roadside dispute on Saturday, which is believed to have been a row over a right-of-way through land.

A second man was also hospitalised following the incident. A number of people were at the scene near Mr Healy-Rae’s home village of Kilgarvan.

Mr Healy-Rae, who is in his 50s and a serving independent county councillor, owns a pub and farm in Kilgarvan. He was taken to Kerry General Hospital in Tralee after the incident.

Gardaí in Kenmare have confirmed an incident took place involving two men and said an investigation was continuing. They were called to the scene around lunchtime on Saturday to the townland of Fossa where Mr Healy-Rae owns farmland. A number of people were at the scene of the altercation which is also near the Kilgarvan GAA grounds.

Assistance was summoned, including gardaí and ambulances. The second man was also treated for his injuries at Kerry General but was later discharged.

Mr Healy-Rae will most likely miss a crucial meeting of Kerry County Council this morning, where there are proposals to dezone large tracts of land in the mid-Kerry area. Mr Healy-Rae is adamantly against the controversial dezoning proposals.

Cllr Michael Healy-Rae yesterday confirmed his brother Danny was undergoing scans and tests.

He visited him on Saturday night. He confirmed Danny Healy-Rae had injuries to bones in his back and facial injuries, but was not in a serious condition.

“Everyone was very concerned as to the extent of his injuries,” said Michael Healy-Rae, but could not comment further.

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