Monday 11 December 2017

It's Danny Healy-Rae's critics who are away with the fairies

The Kerry TD's real crime is not to give a hoot what superficially "smart", "sophisticated" people think, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Give him respect: Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae is being ridiculed for blaming the poor state of the highways in his native country on fairies, but in truth he is a solid political figure. Photo: Tom Burke
Give him respect: Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae is being ridiculed for blaming the poor state of the highways in his native country on fairies, but in truth he is a solid political figure. Photo: Tom Burke

Eilis O'Hanlon

Sniggering at Danny Healy-Rae has become every stupid Irish person's short-cut method of trying to show off how clever they are. Now the Kerry TD, who believes in God but not in man-made climate change, has seemingly dared to blame the parlous state of the roads in his native county on the fairies.

Didn't Danny get the memo? Ireland has cast off the shackles of tradition. It's out with the old and in with the new. To be Irish now is to put one's faith in frappuccinos and Google and hashtags.

In scoffing at him, the smart set simply demonstrates again its own bankruptcy of imagination.

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