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Friday 24 November 2017

Healy-Rae gets out of hospital to vote for grandson

Jackie Healy-Rae and his son Michael Healy-Rae
Jackie Healy-Rae and his son Michael Healy-Rae
Last May, retired TD Jackie Healy-Rae is pictured after he was released from hospital in Tralee to travel the 100km round trip to vote for his grandson Johnny. Don MacMonagle
Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

EVERY vote counts and Jackie Healy-Rae wasn't going to let his grandson down in his first election.

The patriarch of the Healy-Rae dynasty got a special dispensation to get out of hospital to vote. The former Independent TD for South Kerry has spent the last three weeks at Kerry General Hospital recovering from knee replacement surgery.

He was collected by his son John from hospital and driven to his local

polling station. But when they arrived it

turned out to be a case of bringing the mountain to Mohammad and the 83-year-old was accommodated to perform his civic duty without leaving the car.

"I wasn't going to leave my grandson Johnny down," declared Jackie.

Johnny has been a member of Kerry County Council since his co-option in 2011. This is his first time to seek election for the new South and West Kerry electoral area. His father Danny is also running in the Killarney electoral area.

Irish Independent

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