New faces officially join Kerry County Council

Two new faces have joined Kerry County Council. Cllr Maura Healy-Rae and Cllr John Lucid have been officially co-opted onto the local authority. Two vacancies arose following the General Election in which Independent Danny Healy-Rae and Fianna Fail’s John Brassil secured Dail seats. Cllr Maura Healy-Rae It was a family affair for the Healy-Raes today in the Kerry County Council chamber as Cllr Johnny Healy said he had the “unique opportunity” to propose his sister Maura for co-option onto her father’s seat. The seat was previously held by her grandfather Jackie Healy-Rae for 30 years. Maura Healy-Rae said her father Danny would be a hard act to follow but she was well aware of the issues affecting people in the Killarney Municipal District including health, education and roads. Cllr John Lucid Meanwhile, Cllr Norma Foley proposed that Ballyheigue man John Lucid would be co-opted onto Deputy John Brassil’s seat. He was praised for his dedication to community service including spearheading a campaign to rebuild his sister’s home, which was destroyed in a fire. John Lucid said becoming a Kerry county councillor will be a huge learning curve but will do his very best to work for those he represents. Both Deputy Danny Healy-Rae and John Brassil said it was a bittersweet day to be leaving the chamber but that they would continue to liaise with the local authority in their capacities as TDs. Elsewhere Cllr Johnny Healy-Rae took the vacancy on the Regional Health Forum and Cllr Jimmy Moloney took the empty position on the Kerry Education Training Board.