Friday 24 November 2017

'If one good thing can come of this, it's to make even one person more careful then I was' - Healy-Rae on cow attack

Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rae
Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rae

Raph Riegel and Wayne O'Connor

Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae is "sore but recovering" after being injured in a farm accident in Kerry.

The 49-year-old was rushed to Cork University Hospital (CUH) after being hurt when he was apparently kicked by a cow as he was working on a Kerry farm at 6pm on Sunday.

He was expected to be discharged last night after being kept for tests and observation throughout the day by doctors.

Medical staff wanted to ensure the Kerry politician had not sustained any fractures or soft tissue injuries.

His son, Jackie Junior, confirmed his father will be fine.

"My father is recovering well at present," he said.

Mr Healy-Rae's brother, Danny, who was elected a TD for Kerry last month, said his sibling was "quite sore but will make a full recovery".

Speaking to Newstalk's Pat Kenny Show today, Mr Healy-Rae said; "The cow and the calf are being minded in my absence."

He continued: "The show will carry on.

"It was just one of those things. But I do feel sorry for children that you hear are involved in machinery accidents. If one good thing can come out of this it's to make even one more person more careful then I was and not to take their eyes off the ball like I did."

The family stressed that Michael Healy-Rae will be back attending to constituency business "within days".

His injuries will similarly not stop him participating in negotiations over the formation of the next Government.

The family described the incident as "a minor farm accident".

Mr Healy-Rae, after being kicked and injured by the cow, was able to get away from the animal but, on the advice of a GP, he was taken to CUH to have his injuries fully assessed.

Mr Healy-Rae is now expected to return to his Kerry home to recuperate.

The incident occurred as Mr Healy-Rae has emerged as a key figure in talks to form a Government in the 32nd Dáil.

He made history by being elected alongside his brother, Danny Healy-Rae, in the five-seat Kerry constituency.

Irish Independent

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