'They thought I was dead' - Michael Healy-Rae on surviving a cow attack
Michael Healy-Rae has said he is lucky to be alive following an attack by a cow last year and is warning farmers to take precautions on their farms to avoid such accidents.
The Kerry Independent TD shared his recent hazardous experience on his family farm and said he always considered himself to be a "safe type of person".
"I grew up around machinery and I was operating machinery from any early age. I would have been around animals all my life.
"The whole exercise of talking, is to let people know of my experience and hopefully my experience might create a bit of awareness, particularly with young people as to how things can go wrong. And how very ordinary mundane duties can turn horribly wrong."
'Another minute or two and I would have been gone'
Healy-Rae was working on his farm during the calving season when the accident happened.
"I had just tubed a calf and there was another cow after calving and she was out on the slats. I was bringing that cow and her new calf onto a straw bed.
"She was a very quiet cow. This would have been her third or fourth calf.