Michael Healy-Rae has been hospitalised after a cow at his farm attacked him on Sunday evening
The Independent TD, who resides near Kilgarvin in Co Kerry, was said to have been ‘tossed around by a cow’ who was after calving in the farm shed. He suffered a number of injuries, and after being rescued by family members a GP sent him to Cork University Hospital.
His brother Danny, who also got elected into the Dáil in last month’s elections, said his injuries were not serious. “He hasn’t been released, but he is walking around. His head is fine,” Danny said.
Michael won the largest number of first-preference votes in the whole country in the general election. A satirical report of the incident on website Waterford Whispers, in which the cow ‘says’ he ‘did it for Ireland’ has been shared over 11,000 times.
Speaking to the Pat Kenny Show today on Newstalk Healy-Rae outlined the severity of the situation, in which he could very well have lost his life.
“She got me unawares and she got me up against the doors, crushed like and she gave me a good old going over,” he said.
And she got me on the ground, and when you’re on the ground there’s only so much time that you can last at that.
She was giving me a right doing. The last thing I remember is her actually standing on my face.
Meanwhile, Michael has defended Danny, a first-time TD, after it emerged he had a contract with Irish Water despite openly criticising the company. Danny listed Irish Water under a heading reserved for contracts worth in excess of €6,348.69 in his 2015 declaration.
He said his company, Healy-Rae Plant Hire, of which he and his wife are the sole shareholders, repairs pipes in south Kerry for the national utility.
Michael said: “I was totally against the installation of water meters, I think it’s ridiculous the way it has been handled, it has created a monster that I didn’t agree with.
“And if work that was being done before for Kerry County Council is now being done through Irish Water, being tendered through Irish Water, that’s just the way it is.
“But when you talk about the Healy-Rae’s doing work with regard to water projects, it goes back to 50 or 60 years, it’s not in the last number of months, or the last number of years.”