Healy-Rae: 'I'm lucky to survive cow attack'
Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae admits he is "lucky to be alive" after being attacked by a cow.
The last thing the politician remembers about Sunday's incident is lying on the ground with the cow standing on his face.
"The truth of it was that I let it happen by just not being on the ball (around the cow). If I was near a cross cow I would have been on my guard. But this cow was always very, very quiet. I always thought she was fine but an animal is an animal," he said.
He sustained badly bruised ribs in the attack but miraculously escaped major damage to his face and head. The Kerry TD said his experience underlined the critical importance of farm safety awareness.
He said he will continue to participate in negotiations over the formation of the next Government.