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Saturday 24 March 2018

Healy-Rae to become German star

Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

Irish viewers will be able to watch the Germans' take on Danny Healy-Rae online as early as next week. A TV documentary on the Kerry councillor is due to air on German channel RTL on Sunday night.

A film crew from RTL's investigative magazine show 'Spiegel' has been following Mr Healy-Rae around Kerry for the past few days.

Documentary maker Roman Lieberger said the film crew had come all the way from Hamburg after he read an article on the drink-drive issue in a German magazine.

Mr Healy-Rae made global headlines in January when a proposal by him that drink-driving laws should be relaxed to allow people drive on country roads after a "two or three pints" was carried by Kerry County Council.

Mr Healy-Rae received the backing of three other publicans and his son, Johnny Healy-Rae. Only three voted against it and seven abstained. Twelve councillors were absent for the vote.

"We've been talking to people in the pubs and to the Healy-Raes and there's a lot of support for the policy, at least in Kerry," Mr Lieberger told Radio Kerry's 'Kerry Today'.

Mr Lieberger said the story also resonated with a lot of people in rural Germany.

"He's like an authentic, genuine politician, who fights passionately for the rural population," he added.

He said the programme could be broadcast as early as Sunday night.

Irish Independent

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