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IrelandNewly-elected Jackie Healy-Rae (24) attends council - instead of court

17:00  08 june  2019
17:00  08 june  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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Newly elected councillor Jackie Healy - Rae did not attend court as it coincided with his first-ever Kerry County Council meeting. The son of TD Michael Jackie Healy - Rae is further charged with the assault of Mr James at East Park Lane, Kenmare, on the same date. Mr Scannell, of Inchinacoosh

NEWLY - elected councillor Jackie Healy - Rae Junior was excused from court on Friday to defend an assault charge — so he could go to his first county council meeting. Jackie , 24 , a Parliamentary assistant for his TD dad Michael Healy - Rae , was elected to Kerry County Council last month

Newly-elected Jackie Healy-Rae (24) attends council - instead of court © macmonagle.com Accused: Jackie Healy-Rae, right, and his brother Kevin arrive with their solicitor Padraig O’Connell at Kenmare Court in Co Kerry at an earlier hearing. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Newly elected councillor Jackie Healy-Rae did not attend court as it coincided with his first-ever Kerry County Council meeting.

The son of TD Michael Healy-Rae had been excused from attending the hearing by Judge David Waters after he made a formal application earlier this week.

The 24-year-old councillor - who topped the poll with more than 2,600 first-preference votes in the Castleisland LEA in the local elections - is facing charges of assault causing harm and assault arising out of an incident in Kenmare town on December 28, 2017.

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Cllr Jackie Healy - Rae and Kevin Healy - Rae attended the court as did a friend and co-excused, Malachy Scannell. However, Judge O'Donohoe, noted this did not say she could not attend . Jackie Healy - Rae ( 24 ), who was elected to the council earlier this year and who is a member of the

Kevin Healy - Rae (left) and Jackie Healy - Rae , along with Malachy Scannell, will be Two sons of Independent TD Michael Healy - Rae have been found guilty of assault causing harm to a man Garda Caroline Hennessy who also attended at the scene that night confirmed to Mr McInerney that she is

A hearing date has now been set for the case for September 6. A previous court hearing heard that Mr Healy-Rae was pleading not guilty as were his two co-accused and that the charges would be 'vigorously contested'.

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His younger brother Kevin Healy-Rae, and another Kilgarvan man Malachy Scannell, attended the brief hearing.

Jackie and Kevin Healy-Rae - both with addresses at Sandymount, Kilgarvan - are charged with assault causing harm to Kieran James on December 28, 2017, on Main Street, Kenmare.

Jackie Healy-Rae is further charged with the assault of Mr James at East Park Lane, Kenmare, on the same date.

Mr Scannell, of Inchinacoosh, Kilgarvan, was facing a charge of assault causing harm to the same victim, Kieran James, also at Main Street. Mr Scannell is also charged with assault causing harm to Cornelius O'Sullivan on the night. He is further charged with criminal damage of the glasses of Mr O'Sullivan.

Defence solicitor Padraig O'Connell said that the defendants were 'anxious' that the case be disposed of.

He said that he had received disclosure for the case, which includes CCTV, but was not happy he had all disclosure.

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