Saturday 20 January 2018

'The Healy Raes are about to break Twitter' - The Late Late Show's Kerry guests don't disappoint

Credit: RTE/Twitter
Credit: RTE/Twitter
Danny Healy-Rae in celebratory mood with his brother Michael. Photo: Eamonn Keogh
Danny and Michael Healy-Rae on their county-wide victory procession through Kerry. Photo: Don MacMonagle
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Kerry brothers Danny and Michael Healy Rae took their time in joining Ryan Tubridy in studio for tonight's Late Late Show.

The boys were scheduled on to chat about their campaign success which saw them become the first brothers elected to the same constituency in the same election.

But the grand entrance of the winning duo, complete with flat cap, was pushed back to the end of the show - and the Twitterati worked overtime while they waited.

The provision of subtitles or an official RTE translator ahead of the TDs' interview was suggested by many who foresaw it difficult to catch the nuances of the pair.

"Have we got an interpreter ready for the next section of the late late show," quipped David Greene.

But despite a bit of virtual elbow nudging about the cap wearing and the GAA references, reception for the brothers was mostly positive when they did sit out on the stage couch.

Apart from Dustin the Turkey, of course, who "confused" the Healy Raes with Tubs' earlier couple John McMahon and Gerard Whelan who spoke about surrogacy.

On a more serious note, the two TDs met with the Taoiseach for "over an hour" on Thursday , Michael Healy-Rae told Tubridy.

He declined to go into much detail on the meeting but did say that if and his brother were to support a particular party attempting to form a government, they would need to promise to create a "senior minister for rural affairs".

Michael Healy-Rae received the largest number of first preference votes in the country last Friday, and his surplus was a big factor in the election of Danny on the second count in the same Kerry constituency.

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