Jackie Healy-Rae Jnr has been elected to Kerry County Council on the first count for the Castleisland electoral area with a massive 2,621 votes - 784 votes over the 1,837 quota. The Healy-Rae family has now succeeded in electing its sixth family member to Kerry County Council - a feat unprecedented in Kerry or anywhere else. His namesake and grandfather was the first Healy-Rae to serve on Kerry County Council, followed by his father Michael, his uncle Danny and his first cousins, Maura and Johnny. Two incumbents are also certain to lose their seats, Fianna Fail’s Tom McEllistrim and Fine Gael councillor Pat McCarthy. Although their service on Kerry County Council is not unbroken, the McEllistrim family have been to the fore in Kerry politics since 1923.
Source: Irish Examiner May 25, 2019 16:07 UTC