Focus swtiches to Kerry County Council co-options

Now that the five Dail seats have been filled in the Kerry constituency attention is turning to the new members of Kerry County Council. Kerry County Council entrance2The decisions will have to be made in the coming weeks. Following their elections to the Dail on Sunday night John Brassil and Danny Healy-Rae ceased to be members of Kerry County Council. This has no impact on the functioning of the council in that it is the same as any other casual vacancy that arises. The next monthly meeting of the local authority will be held on Monday, 21 March when the co-options of the two new councillors will be an item on the agenda. A spokesperson for the council said in John Brassil’s case the local authority would normally receive correspondence from the party headquarters confirming the name of the co-optee and a letter of acceptance from the person nominated. The same applies in the case of a non-party member such as Danny Healy-Rae in terms of the paperwork required. The co-option of the named person will require a proposer and seconder from among the elected members. John Brassil has told Radio Kerry that they are waiting on directions from Fianna Fail headquarters about the co-option. Meanwhile, Danny Healy-Rae says they are only beginning to now discuss his replacement.