Monday 27 March 2017

'I'm doing my job. I don't care what anyone says' - Healy-Rae on asking 115 Dáil questions at cost of €200 each

Michael Healy-Rae. Photo: Tom Burke
Michael Healy-Rae. Photo: Tom Burke

Cian Murray

Michael Healy-Rae has defended his decision to ask Health Minister Simon Harris 115 questions on a single day in the Dáil last week.

The majority of Healy-Rae’s queries involve constituents who are on waiting lists for medical treatments.

It is estimated that each question cost on average €200, so the total of Healy-Raes inquiries is estimated at around €23,000.

TDs often use these questions as an opportunity to publically put pressure on Ministers in the Oireachtas. The Kerry TD has defended his decision to make these queries, stating that the welfare of his constituents is his top priority, not the public’s opinion. 

Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast, Deputy Healy-Rae said: “"If you think I'll come on your radio programme and make an apology for doing my job, you've another think coming… we're living in a modern civilised society - people should not be going blind waiting to have operations carried out."

He added: “If you think I'm worried what people in the papers will say about me, or what people will say it costs to answer questions… I won't be found wanting to do my job."

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