Down in South Kerry, the claws are out between two powerful political factions as to who is taking the credit for the latest big announcement.
The building of a new 40 bed hospital in Kenmare has long been the goal of the Healy-Rae dynasty and even formed part of Jackie Healy-Rae’s infamous ‘shopping list’ of items he wanted in return for his support.
Well the contract for the hospital is just inches away from being signed but it seems that the Healy-Rae’s were beaten at the post by young buck Fianna Fail Senator Mark Daly, who publicly announced it this week.
According to his press release, the announcement ‘by the Kerry Fianna Fail Senator comes after months of tireless work’.
Oh how the Healy-Raes must have been seething!!
Some would consider it pay back for all the times the Healy-Raes tried – and at times successfully – to claim credit for various projects in South Kerry from the sitting Minister of the day, John O’Donoghue.
O’Donoghue was always a thorn in the Healy-Raes side and they in his.
But now it seems that the Healy-Rae’s have another thorn in their side – this time in the shape of Senator Mark Daly.