Saturday 10 December 2016

Real scandal with a ring of the absurd

Published 29/06/2011 | 05:00

IT would be funny if it wasn't so funny. The temptation to laugh at the idea of a mass telephone campaign to promote TD Michael Healy-Rae in a reality TV programme should be resisted.

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The nonsense in question was called 'Celebrities Go Wild', but it is taxpayers who should go wild at the revelation almost €3,000 was spent in calls from a Leinster House telephone in support of Mr Healy-Rae.

He subsequently won the title, if that is the correct term, in a public vote. Mr Healy-Rae has denied that he was responsible for the calls and doubted that his father, the even more celebrated Jackie, could have been involved. Surely this must be true? If there is any family that does not require more celebrity it is the Healy-Raes.

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