Kerry Deputy Danny Healy-Rae has accused political opponents of ‘sour grapes’ for not honouring an agreement he made with his former colleagues in the Killarney Municipal District.
Deputy Healy-Rae was speaking following the election of Independent councillor Brendan Cronin as Cathaoirleach yesterday instead of his daughter Maura.
Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael councillors entered into a new confidential pact with Cllr Cronin on February 29th, two days after the General Election when Deputy Healy-Rae was elected to the Dáil.
Deputy Healy-Rae says precedent was set in Killarney when an agreement with the late Independent councillor Michael Courtney was honoured, which saw his son Paddy become mayor.
However, Fianna Fáil secretary Cllr Niall Kelleher, who co-signed the pact with John Brassil, said Deputy Healy-Rae was wrong to assume his deal would continue after his election to the Dáil.
He said the original agreement with Danny Healy-Rae was with him alone and was not transferable to anyone else: