« BackHealy-Rae accuses Fianna Fáil of breaking chairmanship deal

fianna fail logoCouncillor Maura Healy-Rae has questioned why a deal on who’ll be Killarney cathaoirleach wasn’t kept after her father was elected to the Dáil, when a similar deal including John Brassil was.

She expected to become Killarney Municipal District Cathaoirleach today, but lost out to Independent Cllr Brendan Cronin on a vote of 6-2.
An agreement reached after the 2014 local elections between her father Danny Healy-Rae – the then councillor and now TD – would have seen him take the role of Killarney MD Cathaoirleach this year; he was elected to the Dáil in February and his daughter Maura was co-opted onto his seat.

Fianna Fáil said a deal was made with Danny personally; that Maura didn’t approach them about a new deal; and they created a separate new deal two days after Danny’s election to the Dáil.

Cllr Maura Healy-Rae says Fianna Fáil Cllr John Brassil was also elected to the Dáil in February, and a similar pact in place there wasn’t broken.