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Sunday 19 January 2020

Deputy Healy-Rae rushed to hospital after Dail row

KERRY TD Michael Healy-Rae was rushed to hospital today after a Dail chamber dust-up.

During a social welfare debate – in which there were robust exchanges between Deputy Healy-Rae and the government benches - he became ill.

He had told Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton: “I’m ashamed to see what you’re doing to go cutting the fuel allowance by six weeks to people that nearly died of the cold last year.

“And what’s your answer to them this year ‘perish away and die and get out of our way and we won’t have to pay ye any money then 'because they’ll be dead with the cold?”

Increasingly annoyed he asked: “…and what have you got against the third child? Are ye telling them they’ll have to stop after two?”

This was in reference to cuts in child benefit for people with three, or more, children.

When Minister of State Shane McEntee interjected, the told Kerry South TD retorted: ‘‘let me have my say and I’ll take you on some day if you want to have a fight with me”.

Deputy McEntee contiuned: ‘‘there are tablets for things like that.”

Deputy Healy Rae became very agitated and told Deputy McEntee: “you’d want to be very careful about what you say in this House. I got elected as good as you did. I won’t have any Minister looking down his nose at me because there’s no need for that”.

He took ill soon after and was taken to St James’ Hospital.

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