Tuesday 6 December 2016

It'll take more than Einstein to crack the 'Ring of Kerry'

Published 02/07/2011 | 05:00

What: The Ring of Kerry

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A lovely holiday spot, albeit a tad crowded at this time of year. Have you tasted the yummy pints in Dick Mack's in Dingle? They are indeed excellent, but the Ring of Kerry in the news this week isn't the famous peninsula, but rather a flat-capped denizen of it, Michael Healy-Rae.

Oh my God, he's, like, mega-famous. Isn't he the mighty chieftain who had dominion over successive governments and who obtained fabulous riches for his own subjects? No, that's his Da, the formidable Jackie. The septuagenarian Kerry South TD with the green plaid cap and exotic accent was key in supporting the government of Bertie Ahern and also the Reign of Error of his successor, Brain Cowen, and wrangled all sorts of secret deals for his constituency in return for his vote.

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