In a constituency just recovering from the news of Tom Fleming’s ‘abdication’ last Friday comes the revelation that Cllr Danny Healy Rae will run alongside his brother, Michael, in the February 26th general election.
While others dithered the Healy Raes danced their way to register Danny and made it on the nick of time today.
They handed in nomination papers at the county registrar’s office in Tralee just before the noon deadline.
Michael said Tom Fleming’s decision to withdraw from the race was the key factor but the a final decision was not made until the early hours of this morning.
He said the workload in the new Kerry constituency would be enormous but with two Healy-Raes working together, they could offer a “top class political service.”
The Healy-Raes waited to see what their opponents would do before moving.
When Michael Gleeson stood by his decision not to run and Fianna Fáil opted not to run a third candidate, they felt the time was right to go for a double.
There are well over 10,000 votes up for grabs in Killarney alone and Danny topped the poll in the municipal area with over 4,000 votes in the last local elections in May 2014.
Michael said in the Killarney Municipal Area they are asking people to vote number one for Danny and number two for Michael and in the Killorglin, Dingle and North Kerry area and the rest of the constituency, they are seeking number ones for Michael and number twos for Danny.