Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Saturday 28 January 2023 Dublin: 4°C
Photocall Ireland Jackie Healy-Rae (L) and his son Michael (File photo)
# Healy-Rae
Healy-Rae won TV show after thousands of calls from the Dáil: report
The Irish Daily Mail reports that Michael Healy-Rae won a celebrity television show back in 2007 after calls from the Dáil which cost the taxpayer over €2,500.

INDEPENDENT TD MICHAEL Healy-Rae won a celebrity television competition after winning over 3,500 votes that were generated from an Oireachtas phone in 2007, it has emerged.

In an exclusive in today’s Irish Daily Mail, Senan Molony reports that the then Kerry county councillor won the ‘Celebrities Go Wild’ competition in October 2007 with a total of 3,636 calls coming from inside Leinster House, from the phone of an elected member.

The taxpayer ended up paying the €2,639 bill for the premium line calls to the number that was needed to vote specifically for Healy-Rae whose father Jackie Healy-Rae was a member of the Dáil at the time. Neither of the two Kerrymen are able to explain the calls, the paper reports.

Read more in today’s Irish Daily Mail >

Read: Michael Healy-Rae: ‘I knew nothing about it’ >