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Heated discussion between councillors at the monthly meeting of Kerry County Council lead to the suspension of the meeting for 15 minutes.

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Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council Pat McCarthy and CEO Moira Murrell left the chamber as councillors Johnny Healy Rae, John Joe Culloty and Niall Kelleher exchanged words.

Cllr Culloty had seconded a motion raised by Cllr Kelleher asking the council to acquire enough land from St Finian’s land bank to provide ground for a graveyard in Killarney. Cllr Kelleher then called on Cllr Maura Healy Rae to withdraw comments she made previously to the media concerning the matter.

Cllr Maura Healy-Rae had raised a motion at another council meeting calling for land at St Finan’s to be transferred to the council to develop a new graveyard – if the HSE won’t give the land, she believed the council should CPO it.

Afterwards she criticised fellow councillors for not supporting her, but Cllr Culloty claimed her motion was deemed invalid at the meeting.

At yesterday’s council meeting, Cllr Culloty called on Cllr Healy Rae to issue an apology to her council colleagues.

Cllr Healy Rae said “she wasn’t apologising for anything”.

Her brother, Cllr Johnny Healy Rae turned to address Cllrs Kelleher and Culloty on the matter – resulting in heated debate.

Cathaoirleach Pat McCarthy then declared the meeting suspended for 15 minutes.