Tuesday 6 December 2016

Healy-Raes needed

Published 13/03/2016 | 02:30

Brothers Michael (left) and Danny Healy-Rae Photo: Niall Carson /PA Wire
Brothers Michael (left) and Danny Healy-Rae Photo: Niall Carson /PA Wire

Sir - I was intrigued as I read Niamh Horan's interview with Michael and Danny Healy-Rae (Sunday Independent, March 6).

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Oh, how we could do with them here in Donegal. Driving along our stunning, breath-taking scenery you could be forgiven for thinking that you are in a third-world country as your car tyres hit yet another pothole. The people of this community took to the streets recently to march in protest in a bid to save our services. Lifford, Ramelton and St Joseph's hospital, Stranorlar face closure. The imminent removal of these vital services is a devastating blow to our community and will cause severe hardship for those effected. If the Healy-Raes were representing this constituency, I doubt if this would be an issue.

As for the minister who blanked Michael Healy-Rae in the corridors of power, the same minister failing to get re-elected, strikes little sympathy. It could well be considered poetic justice. The so-called intelligentsia have described the Healy-Raes in less than flattering terms, but whether they want to accept it or not, the facts speak for themselves.

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