Brothers Kevin and Jackie Healy-Rae pictured last April arriving with their solicitor Pádraig O’Connell at Kenmare District Court. Photograph: Michelle Cooper Galvin

A date has been set for the case involving the newly elected Kerry County Councillor Jackie Healy-Rae, who is alleged to have assaulted a 30-year-old (...)

Jackue Healy-Rae. Independents  have provided almost 100 per cent support for minority governments, with dissident party backbenchers instead being the main source of instability. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Opinion polls suggest Independents will win record levels of support in the forthcoming election. With those polls indicating no clear winner, Indepe(...)

Jackie Healy-Rae’s remains receive a round of applause from hundreds of mourners as they are carried into his pub in Kilgarvan, Co Kerry, on Saturday evening. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Hundreds of mourners gathered in Kilgarvan, Co Kerry, last night for the removal of the remains of former Independent TD Jackie Healy-Rae. From(...)

Jackie Healy-Rae photographed outside Leinster House in 2010. Photograph: Eric Luke

Former Independent TD for Kerry Jackie Healy-Rae has died. He was aged 83. He was a Fianna Fáil member of Kerry County Council for decades, but broke (...)