Complaint against Councillor is lodged with The Ethics Registrar

Independent Councillor Danny Healy Rae could lose his council seat if he’s found to have breached The Code of Ethics. The legislation allows for the removal of a local authority member if he’s guilty of a conflict of interest. A complaint has been lodged with The Ethics Registrar following a motion put down by Cllr Healy Rae in September. The Local Government Act of 2001 sets out the regulations governing local authority members, if they have a beneficial interest in any discussion, they’re expected to declare that interest and withdraw from the meeting.Two months ago, Cllr Healy Rae asked Kerry County Council to resume its hedge cutting programme in all county and local roads. He admitted at the time that he had tendered for hedge cutting work. During the September meeting, Cllr Healy Rae clashed with fellow Independent Brendan Cronin who has lodged a complaint with The Ethics Registrar. The Mayor and County Manager are now seeking legal advice to see if The Councillor has a case to answer. The Killgarvan Councillor was cleared of any conflict of interest earlier this year.

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