Meanwhile, Outside The Dáil



Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Kerry TDs Michael Healy Rae and Danny Healy Rae arrive with entourage at Leinster House.

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Samantha Libreri tweetz:

Around 500 people are taking part in a water protest outside the Dáil and Kildare Street is closed to traffic.


92 thoughts on “Meanwhile, Outside The Dáil

    1. Tony

      Ah sure its only slagging if they are boggers.. Hope they are all genderly correct. Haters gonna hate.

      1. Dόn 'The Unstoppable Force' Pídgéόní

        What is it when you give out about middle class people?

          1. Dόn 'The Unstoppable Force' Pídgéόní

            But I thought you were the working class woman’s hero?

      2. ahjayzis

        I’m loving this Tony character. He’s like a bot or a script that just bitches in a whiny way about how we all shouldn’t bitch so much because aren’t we all terrible. Keep it up, nifty piece of automated software!

        1. Dόn 'The Unstoppable Force' Pídgéόní

          I think he is trying to troll but hasn’t quite worked out how to troll

  1. ahjayzis

    Presumably they’re… happy?

    I mean presumably, I think they hurl faeces when they’re not.

    1. Tony

      Is it worse to slag people because of their sexual orientation rather than their place of origin? Or is there a difference? Grown up question.

      1. ahjayzis

        It’s their conduct I’m slagging, Mr. Moral Enforcement. They are hamming up every much-satirised stereotype of the rural legislator. A archetype of rural legislator that opts out of actual legislation in order to secure goodies for their constituency. And then bitch of high-heaven that rural Ireland is neglected in national policy. Maybe because their representatives are content with a patched road or a bypass and campaigning for drink driving to be permissable, while national development plans and spatial strategies are far, far over their heads.

        1. rotide

          What would they have without legislators looking out for their area?

          The same thing happens in England, get off the high horse

          1. Kieran NYC

            But this particular bunch would support anyone (and have), no matter what, as long as that new pier in Dingle got built

      1. Dόn 'The Unstoppable Force' Pídgéόní

        He should have gone for that instead of awkward celebratory fist-flinging

    1. rugbyfan

      all they care about is the kingdom they live in ! this is what is wrong with politics in Ireland.
      This type od crap belongs in the 1950s

      1. Tony

        Obviously not. It belongs right here, right now. The people have spoken. You could always say the people are wrong, but sure so what, they are sovereign.

        1. Anomanomanom

          The people in Kerry are clearly morons. Under FF the father helped wrecked the country then the son is basically handed the seat. The two of them were on the late late show and the brother who was just elected could not string a sentence together. Seems he was voted for just because he’s a healy.

          1. gooch

            Hindsight is a great thing. Who in opposition was shouting at the government to stop the madness? FG and Labour’s only criticism was that the government wasnt spending enough . Bar Morgan Kelly and one or two orthers no other economists expressed any concern so why would they be presumed right and everyone else wrong?

          2. Anomanomanom

            Your high right now yeah? LOADS of people said stop, LOADS. You obviously don’t know what hindsight is, you idiots went and vote again this clan. In hindsight is looking back thinking “if only we knew”, you know now and still voted them.

          3. Gooch

            Who are these LOADS in opposition??? FG and Labour tried to out do FF in what they were going to give away ahead of the 2007 election. Anyone far left had an issue with not enough of the money going into social issues. I’m not an FF supporter but this nonsense that FG and Labour have been banging on about where they wouldn’t have run the country into the ground like FF is horsesh!te.
            Banks, Stockbrokers, ordinary businesses and peoples’s personal wealth all went tits up. These were people who would have had their fingers on the pulse of the economy. Why weren’t they listening to these LOADS of people?

    2. rotide

      getting grants, payments for constituents. why they are lauded as anything special is beyond me.

      You answered your own question there

  2. Mr. Camomile T

    “The Kingdom”
    “The good people of Kerry” vs. “Those people up in Dublin”
    Flat Cap
    A serious mandate.

    Rinse and repeat.

    1. Mr. Camomile T

      They’ve used their rhetoric to turn every election into a Kerry vs. Dublin All-Ireland final. And they’ve made themselves the personification of ‘Kerry’. A vote for anyone else is a vote for ‘Dublin’. It’s a thing of genius. Horrible, horrible genius.

        1. Neilo

          I hate to be that Dublin* V The Rest guy – who am I kidding, I LOVE to be that guy – but there’s a smidge of bogger-baiting on this thread.

          *Full disclosure: this muck savage would go insane without regular cultural/retail trips to the capital.

          1. Anne


            Nothing like a bit a culture from a good inhaling of cow manure.
            We make the best of things down in the sticks..

            The Healy Rae lads are only playing into the sneering attitude of the ignoramouses in the big smoke..

  3. KirkenBrenner

    It’s not that they’re smart. It’s that the people who vote for them are indescribably stupid.

      1. bubbleandsqueak

        Worth remembering that 48,904 of those who did vote in Kerry voted for someone who wasn’t a Healy-Rae.

        When you look at the total electorate in Kerry of 112,751 it works out as 3 out of 4 entitled to vote in Kerry didn’t vote for them.

        They were massively helped by the fact that pretty much all the other parties ran either poor/or very poor campaigns in Kerry and there were no other strong “independent” candidates. Sinn Fein in particular had a horror show – Ferris’s vote increased by 168 votes from the last general election even thought the turnout increased by something like 36 thousand (due to the merging of the Kerry South and Kerry North into one constituency)

        1. Gooch

          Apply that maths logic to the Marriage equality referendum and let me know if you think the public also got that one wrong

  4. Eoin

    Wow. I feel so sorry for Kerry people. I’m sure they all don’t vote Healy-Rae. I’m sure many are embarrassed by this kind of (lets go up and stick it to the rich people in the big smoke by having a rally outside the Dail) thing. ‘The Kingdom’ could really do with removing the royal family.

  5. Joe

    Whatever about the first one, the new one (Danny?) looks like he is constantly pissed or just out of bed with a hangover. Can’t imagine he is the brightest spark.

    1. ahjayzis

      A national legislator? Maybe? In an election to the national legislature that’d seem to make sense.

  6. ceo

    I’m starting to admire these lads’ not-giving-a-f*ckness and brilliantly pulled stunt to annoy us hoors up in Dublin.

    1. Clampers Outside!

      The gombeen bogger routine is just that, a routine.

      The Healy-Rae’s have run their businesses successfully for decades, they’re not just farmers on the TD ticket. They know exactly how to play it, and it has clearly worked for them.

      1. Neilo

        I agree that their schtick can be nauseating because I think Michael, in particular, is so much smarter than he lets on. For all that, it’s proven to be devastatingly effective in harvesting votes.

  7. nellyb

    Has @ghoner just demoted himself from a citizen to a subject? He must have binged on A.Dumas.
    Will he call Maura a dauphine? :-)

    1. Tony

      Yeah, finland is booming and Sweden is apparently thriving on its social model. Pfft… Norway, meanwhile is loving its status as worlds biggest binge drinkers, and Denmark number one on the happy pills.

    1. rotide

      While it’s obvious to nearly everyone that particular idea was completely ridiculous, this is one of the reasons they keep getting voted in. The (completely neccessary) rules on drink driving combined with the recession that wreaked far more havoc on rural communities than urban ones, absolutely smashed not only pub owners trade but many rural peoples social options.

      Very few other TDs have this on their radar, the Healy Rae’s do. This is why they get elected.

      Anne Marie take note.

      1. Gooch

        While it’s obvious to nearly everyone in Kerry that particular idea was completely ridiculous, this is one of the reasons Kerry people can’t believe it’s still brought up. Classic piece of Healy Rae promotion that ye Dublin clowns keep recycling.

  8. Goodnight Ireland

    Danny doesn’t appear to be the sharpest tool in the shed. What does that say about Kerry?

        1. Gooch

          Maybe it is, maybe it is……
          “A man who will misuse an apostrophe is capable of anything”

        1. gooch

          I’m still waiting on you to enlighten me as to who we should have voted for. Who are these legislators who only serve the national interest?

    1. Anne

      “Danny doesn’t appear to be the sharpest tool in the shed. What does that say about Kerry?”

      That got a bit of an lol.. more like a haaaa really. Great stuff.

  9. Gooch

    Rattle off a few names of candidates Kerry should have voted for so we’ll know the next time

    1. Frilly Keane


      Sur’ you’d giv’dem Sowt Kirrie bhiys a right oul’ run
      Throw Maurice onta’ the ticket with’ja

      An’ ye’ll even have them worried
      ( I’d even vote for ya)

  10. ReproBertie

    I’ve said it before but if we had a Healy-Rae in Dublin NW the Luas would run to Ikea and the Ballymun Regeneration would have been finished long ago. Instead we have party-liners and nothing gets done. I can fully appreciate the need for national politicians and party politics but, given how impotent local politics is in Ireland, it’s hard to imagine a better combination for a 3-seater than a government TD, an opposition TD and a strong independent who fights for everything going to be sure of keeping their seat.

      1. Neilo

        @Gooch: I’m in broad agreement with you: that’s why I put quotation marks around ‘right way’.

  11. Nigel

    Does it ever occur to people that it might not be an act and that they also might be canny political operators and savvy businessmen and that Dail full of people that were effective in looking after the constituencies that elected them might be an improvement on … whatever it is we’ve got?

    1. Kieran NYC

      A Dail full of people who were hellbent on looking out for their area and no one else’s?

      By Jove, you’ve cracked it lol

      1. Drebbin

        I’m with Nigel on this one. Without good local TDs, the privilege gap between Dublin and some of the rural constituencies would be even bigger than it is now. It’s easy to disdain parish-pump politics when your parish is well looked after.

      2. Nigel

        All the stunning stupidity in the name of the national interest, going right back to the Celtic Tiger era, actually makes it a relatively attractive prospect.

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