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Interview with Michael-Healy Rae TD May 24, 2017

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In the latest edition of Hot Press and conducted by Jason O’Toole. Interesting too. Here’s a taste of it:

Do you think it’s a case that the Dublin crowd don’t care about people in Kerry and elsewhere in rural Ireland?
Look, there are an awful lot of nice people in Dublin. But there are people in the media in Dublin who think that the world stops at the Red Cow Roundabout.
You don’t feel you get a fair shake from certain quarters of the national media?
They’ve said libellous things about us. They told lies about us which they had to retract. That is only a reflection on themselves – it’s not a reflection on us. Because when you insult us, you insult the people who vote for us – the people who trust us, and rely on us to do our jobs and work for them. It’s upsetting.

And:

Your brother Danny was criticised for his proposal for permits that would allow people to have a few drinks and then drive home. Is there any harm in having a couple of pints and then getting behind the wheel?
The one thing I have to tell you is: we can’t advocate breaking the law. So the answer is: at any time in any country that they have a limit, you can drink to that limit and the law says it’s okay for you to drive home. I’m not advocating that anybody breaks the law. If we did what you said there, and had that many pints and drove home you probably would be breaking the law – so we can’t say that.

But what I do say is, I’m against Minister Shane Ross’s proposal now, because my opinion is that the rules, the limits, the regulations that are there are adequate and there’s no need to change them.
But would you agree with your brother Danny’s proposal to be able to have two or three pints and drive home?
The long and the short of it is: that’s not ever going to happen, right? To be talking about changing the limits in an upward direction – that will not happen, so there’s no point.

And:

You voted against same sex marriage…
I was the only TD in Kerry to vote against it.
Did you get much hate mail over it?
No. I believe people took me for what I was, because I wasn’t saying to people that were on the other side, I was not telling them I thought they were wrong or anything. What I was doing was: I was quite simply saying, this is my opinion. I didn’t believe in it. I didn’t agree with it. I was true to myself and to the people who agreed with my position – and that’s why I was the only TD from Kerry to vote against gay marriage.

And he presents an interesting approach in the following:

Your brother Danny said Noah Ark’s was an example that God was in charge of the weather.

The point of view I have: I wouldn’t just go attributing the weather to God and that he’s responsible for that. Because I’d look at it in a broader way. If you’re any type of a half-practising Catholic, you believe that God is in charge of everything and that God is everywhere. And that he always has existed and that he will always exist.
And I believe in that. But I don’t try ram it down anybody else’s throat. I’m not telling any scientists that they are wrong or that I don’t believe in their findings. It’s the exact opposite: I have an awful lot of respect for people who study and who give their time to research. But why have the scientists got good brains? Because God created them in the first place.

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1. EWI - May 24, 2017

I’m not telling any scientists that they are wrong or that I don’t believe in their findings. It’s the exact opposite: I have an awful lot of respect for people who study and who give their time to research. But why have the scientists got good brains? Because God created them in the first place.

…wtf.

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ivorthorne - May 25, 2017

See I get what he’s saying but it doesn’t make sense – even on it’s own terms – in context. He’s – sort of adopting a Deist position. God, he half argues, created the world so he’s responsible for everything in it, including the weather.

But if that’s the case, his brother’s argument re global warming make even less sense. Why bloody bring it up at all? It’d make as much sense talking about how God was responsible for Catherine Nevin’s actions during her parole hearing.

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2. Tawdy - May 24, 2017

If stupidity was a criminal offence the Healy-Ray boys would be doing life !

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3. oliverbohs - May 24, 2017

Don’t read Hot Press so don’t know if q was asked: if u knew ur brother had foot in mouth disease wd u have let him run for the Dail?
Not that he’s much better

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4. Gerryboy - May 24, 2017

The Healy-Ray brothers differ from many other politicians in one important way – they give direct answers to direct questions. What you see on the label is what you get. I’d love to know what they think about other matters besides God and the weather – education & literacy rates, the international refugee crisis, Islamic jihadery, unemployment, how to make Ireland more prosperous, how to keep small town post offices open, existentialism, postmodernism, poststructuralism and the latest fashions from Paris and New York. Also: what sort of music do they like, their favourite books, comics, cuisine and wild birds. Hot Press should instruct their reporters to do a more rounded questioning of political interviewees.

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Jason O'Toole - May 24, 2017

He talks about books in it. He says he loved Donal Trump’s The Art of The Deal. So much so he read it twice, Enough said, really.

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Gearóid - May 25, 2017

_The Healy-Ray brothers differ from many other politicians in one important way – they give direct answers to direct questions. _

I have to disagree with you there. Full of bluster. The same-sex marriage point was barely posed as a question, in fact, he wasn’t challenged on it. At all. This allowed him to bluster and bluster and ride all over the issue by repeating empty nothingness over several sentences.

Doesn’t even have the courage to stand over his supposed convictions. Utter coward.

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Jason O'Toole - May 25, 2017

If you read the entire interview, you’ll note that he was actually
challenged about his same sex marriage views. There’s five or six questions on the issue in the interview…

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5. ivorthorne - May 25, 2017

There’s something rather crude about that pair. Reading the above, he seems to be saying he’s got no problem – so to speak – with gay marriage being legal so much as he doesn’t believe in it himself so he voted against it and wants people to know he did.

It’s the football supporter approach to politics. Mick thinks Kerry are the greatest football team in the country and he’s got no problem with Cork winning Sam but if there was a Dail vote on taking Sam from Cork and giving it to Kerry, he’d vote that way.

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6. ivorthorne - May 25, 2017

There’s something rather crude about that pair. Reading the above, he seems to be saying he’s got no problem – so to speak – with gay marriage being legal so much as he doesn’t believe in it himself so he voted against it and wants people to know he did.

It’s the football supporter approach to politics. Mick thinks Kerry are the greatest football team in the country and he’s got no problem with Cork winning Sam but if there was a Dail vote on taking Sam from Cork and giving it to Kerry, he’d vote that way.

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7. roddy - May 25, 2017

While My politics would be the opposite of the Healy Raes on most subjects,I cannot help but like the way that they really get up the noses of the oh so “sophisticated” Dublin 4 types.Imagining these people cringe as a “politician” is interviewed in a studio wearing a cloth cap and speaking in a strong Kerry accent is something else.They’re “letting us down” in front of our British and European friends!

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