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