“You need to relax, you need to relax a bit now…Deputy Healy Rae, Deputy Healy Rae, through the chair, all I remember, I was reliably informed that, through the chair, Deputy Healy Rae approached people outside of Mass, to say ‘I can get you on the bus if you want a cataract’.”
Taoiseach Michael Martin
“You should take that back, you’re a disgrace. You’re only the bottom of the barrel now coming out with that sort of a statement. And cop on a small bit Taoiseach.”
Independent Kerry TD Michael Healy Rae in response.
The Taoiseach tangles with Independent TDs Michael Healy Rae and Michael Collins, who had just revealed that he and Deputy Danny Healy-Rae have organised 2000 people (with some into their 90s) from all over Cork and Kerry to go to Belfast (over the past two years) to get cataract treatment.
Even a patient forwarded by Mr Martin’s own constituency office.
Minister for Education Norma Foley (top left) is confronted by a group of publicans from Kerry, wearing their county jerseys, who are protesting against the continued closure of Irish pubs during lockdown.
This morning, NPHET”s guidelines for so-called ‘wet pubs’ to follow were revealed:
This includes a ban on any live music or dancing. Public health experts also recommended that TV volume must be turned down low to ensure people are not forced to speak over it.
International research has shown the virus spreads more quickly among people who are raising their voices – such as those attending sporting events or in other crowded situations.
Nphet also said some pubs may need to introduce extra toilets facilities to allow for social distancing.
Motorcyclist ‘Den’ Joe O’Connor (top) and passenger, Danny Healy Rae TD (Top) and Michael Healy Rae (below) with supporters, from left: Betty O’Connell Mary O’Reilly, Martina Long and Ann Foran during the Healy Rae Thanksgiving Tour of the Kerry constituency where the brothers won a seat a piece.