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Healy-Rae: Charles Haughey did an awful lot of good for this country

Healy-Rae’s father was good friends with the former Taoiseach.

Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

MICHAEL HEALY-RAE has spoken this evening about his father’s friendship with former Taoiseach Charles Haughey.

On the Late Late Show, the independent TD said he has watched some of the RTÉ drama ‘Charlie’ recently which he said he found “funny” because his father was good friends with the controversial Irish leader.

“He did an awful lot of good things for this country”, he told Ryan Tubridy, referencing some of reforms, like free travel, that his government was responsible for.

He recalled a story his father told him from that time – before everyone had mobile phones.

My father was out milking the cows and then he’d go to the creamery and then have his bite to eat.

“There was a new girl working and the phone rang,” he said. Jackie Healy-Rae heard her telling whoever it was that he could “eff off”.

When he came in and asked who it was she responded:

Some old b****rd that was claiming he was Charles Haughey and I told him where he could go.

Speaking about the loss of his father recently, the TD said the family had been overwhelmed by the support from the public.

All over the length and breadth of the country, to this day, people are sending mass cards by the box loads every day.

He said the kindness of people in the aftermath of his father’s death made a very difficult time easier for him.

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