... and Begley isn't happy with him either

DEPUTY MICHAEL Begley of Fine Gael has attacked Deputy Tom McEllistrim over his comments concerning the funeral of John Joe Sheehy in Tralee last week.

Mr. McEllistrim was quoted in newspapers as saying that he had not seen a Provo guard of honour at the funeral and had not heard shots of fire while the body was being removed from Bon Secoours Hospital.

"I can only advise him," said Deputy Begley at a Fine Gael meeting in Muckross on Tuesday, "that he should apply immediately to the relevant authority for disability benefit as his sight and hearing are impared."

The Gardai have rejected claims that the Provisional IRA or Provisional Sinn Féin took over control and direction of traffic in the town during the funeral. Those at the funeral, however, reported seeing members of Sinn Féin directing traffic.

At Tuesday's meeting in Muckross Deputy Begley drove home his attack on Minister of State McEllistrim. Deputy Begley said that the Minister had been reported as sayng that he would not be found wanting in ensuring that the local would get plenty of money.

Deputy Begley asked: "Is he bringing it down by the sackful every weekend in the state car? If so he would greatly need to make some extra trips up and down from Dublin as the County Engineer explained at Monday's Council meeting that he has no monies available to him to repair our county roads at present in an appalling state."

Deputy Begley also attacked the Government for dropping the home improvement grants scheme, including help for the installation of solid fuel heating.