Healy-Rae fears UK will leave the EU
The new chairman of the Oireachtas European Affairs Committee, Michael Healy-Rae, has said he hopes he is proved wrong but fears that Britain will vote to leave the EU.
"I'm very fearful because the indicators seem to be that there will be a vote for a Brexit.
"I'm hoping that, please God, maybe I might be proved wrong and they will vote to remain - but as it stands right now, the polls seem to be leaning towards a break."
Mr Healy-Rae's committee will be involved in the Dáil's response to a Brexit if there is a 'Leave' vote.
He said he hates dealing with "hypothetical situations" but that if Britain does leave the committee will examine crucial issues, like the effect on Irish exports.
Kerry is home to many British ex-pats and Mr Healy-Rae has been encouraging them to ask their families to vote 'Remain'. Mr Healy-Rae said that, regardless of the result, he supports Ireland staying within the EU.