Healy Rae tender for Muckross road raised in council chamber

Kerry County Council is to look into concerns raised by Cllr Brendan Cronin about the tender process for a project on the Muckross Road in Killarney. Danny Healy Rae 1 The road scheme was subject to controversy after some residents and councillors objected. Cllr Brendan Cronin said all 8 elected members of the Killarney Municipal District were presented with detailed drawings of the project prior to and following the public consultation process. He said a political football was made out of the whole thing. Cllr Cronin said Cllr Danny Healy Rae was the proposer of a Section 140 to stop the work. He said firms had put it to him that a public representative was using a very unique privilege to sign a Section 140 to prevent other people working. The project was subject to two tender processes; the first was closed down as the tender price was over 50,000 euro and needed to be readvertised correctly. The Freedom of Information document received by Cllr Brendan Cronin listed Danny Healy Rae among those identified as bidding for the first tender. He did not apply when the tender was readvertised. Fianna Fail Cllr Niall Kelleher sought clarification from council management as to whether it was Cllr Healy Rae solely or a company that had tendered. Council management replied, “the information released under FOI is accurate.” Cllr Cronin said there was genuine concern out there to which Chief Executive Moira Murrell replied there were procedures available if someone wants to complain. The local authority is to look into concerns raised by Cllr Cronin. Healy Rae Plant Hire Limited was founded in 1999 and Cllr Danny Healy Rae remains a director. His son Cllr Johnny Healy Rae says he has operated the company since 2004 and is responsible for the decision making. In a statement to Radio Kerry News Cllr Johnny Healy Rae said Healy Rae Plant Hire was the entity that bid for the initial Muckross Road project tender and he signed off on it on behalf of the company. Johnny said he cannot understand why his father’s name appears on the FOI document. In addition to this he said Danny Healy Rae himself would not be able to tender for the project as he doesn’t have the necessary insurances, safety statement, employees or machinery. Johnny added that as councillors both he and his father submit ethics declarations annually and leave the chamber if they have an interest in a project. Johnny said everyone is entitled to seek information but said in light of Danny Healy Rae’s running for the Dail Cllr Cronin is casting a slur on him.