Healy-Rae caught on camera driving in bus lane

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Healy-Rae caught on camera driving in bus lane


Footage: Michael Healy-Rae drives his car in the bus lane on the M7 yesterday
Footage: Michael Healy-Rae drives his car in the bus lane on the M7 yesterday

Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rae has claimed he felt it was necessary to drive in a bus lane yesterday so he could lend his support to nurses.

Footage of Mr Healy-Rae’s Skoda emerged yesterday shortly after he drove by traffic on the Naas Road. He was filmed by a passenger in a taxi also using the bus lane. After seeing the footage, Mr Healy-Rae told the Irish Independent he was en route to visit nurses picketing at the Coombe Hospital when he was filmed.

He said he left Kerry at 4.50am, before nurses took to picket lines at 8am.

“I wanted to go to the nurses this morning but I couldn’t because when I left Kerry there were no nurses on strike in Kerry,” he said yesterday. “I had a meeting with the Danish ambassador and I had to be in the Dáil at a certain time.

“At that time I was looking for a place to pull in my car, within walking distance of the Coombe. I wanted to be able to jump out of the car and go to the nurses so that I would be able to meet people with Kerry connections working as nurses at the Coombe.”

Mr Healy-Rae claimed that he was trying to do his best to support the striking nurses and eventually found a suitable place to pull off the road. “All I am trying to do is a thing called my best,” he added. “I was trying to get a place to pull in, which I did, after the person obviously stopped filming.”



Michael Healy Rae. Photo: Gareth Chaney, CollinsMichael Healy Rae. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Michael Healy Rae. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

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Irish Independent


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