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A bad sign


Michael Healy-Rae, Independent deputy for Kerry South

Michael Healy-Rae, Independent deputy for Kerry South

Michael Healy-Rae, Independent deputy for Kerry South

- The man whose father singlehandedly changed the road network of Kerry confirms he still is serving an apprenticeship.

Michael Healy-Rae of 'Celebrities Go Wild', and the phone-call controversy fame says that the local people know where they are going and don't need signposts in their areas.

Pause and sigh, folks. This is one of the state legislators charged with steering the economy and nation into calm water and he utters a statement like that. So, per chance Mick, if one of the new Irish recently domiciled here from Nigeria, Poland, Romania, Lithuania, the Congo, or even old Blighty wished to see Lyracrumpane or Leap or Muiceanach idir Dha Shaile; what would they do? Turn on Tom Tom, put down the window and ask the nearest man with a flat cap the way? Or look for a sign?

A few years ago in east Cork, Mick, my daughter broke an arm. I took her to the hospital in the city. Someone decided to change the signs around and I drove about 10 miles the wrong way. Lucky she hadn't had a heart attack.

My mother believed in the fairies. If lost, their advice was to turn your cap back-ways and say the Lord's Prayer.

Turning the cap back might work for the Kerry locals if lost, but the rest of us would like to see the signs, and the fairies left with the recently departed Celtic Hog.

So, Michael of 'Celebrities Go Wild', think of the less intelligent, like myself, who would not have the local knowledge and if nothing else, think of some poor councillor from Kerry who might want to drive to Malin Head to attend a seminar on the Lesser Spotted Irish Man. Surely, he might need a few signposts to get there. Get this into the old bit of grey matter, a Mhicil: we don't all live within 10 miles of your Kingdom.

John Cuffe

Irish Independent