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Tributes paid to 'colourful' former-TD Jackie Healy-Rae

By Lindsay Fergus

One of the greatest characters of Irish politics has died.

Jackie Healy-Rae (83) was the former Independent TD for Kerry South. The colourful public representative headed a political dynasty which includes his son Michael, who succeeded him as a TD for Kerry South.

Friends and colleagues said he was big-hearted and a one-off.

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin said: "He was a unique politician and he captured the imagination of the people of Kerry and across Ireland with his story-telling and his sheer determination to improve services in South Kerry."

Mr Healy-Rae was a Fianna Fail member of Kerry County Council for decades but broke with the party in 1997.

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