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Rifles and pitchforks: family politics in Irish election

Irish Prime Minister and Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny took over his father's seat at the age of 24If all goes to plan for the Healy Rae family of County Kerry, they will hold more seats in parliament than some small political parties after Ireland’s parliamentary elections on Friday. Colourful campaigners once memorably pictured leading a procession of burning pitchforks, the Healy Raes are independent politicians not attached to a party but elected with strong local support — a quirk facilitated by Ireland’s electoral system. Brothers Michael and Danny Healy Rae are campaigning to win two of the five seats available in their rural constituency, following in the footsteps of their late father Jackie Healy Rae.

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