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'All human' Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae says Government creating 'rural and urban divide'

The TD revealed he has also been receiving abusive emails from one individual for some time

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Michael Healy Rae

Michael Healy Rae

Michael Healy Rae

Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae has slammed the Government for creating what he says is a divide between those living in rural and urban areas. 

The Rural Independent Group has criticised an alleged lack of funding for road maintenance in the Budget and National Development Plan, which it says is disproportionately affecting rural areas.

Deputy Healy-Rae said the Government needs to spread investment evenly across the country.

“People will not forget if they see a divide being created,” he told Radio Kerry, “which I don't ever want, we're all human beings and we all want to live in this country together.

“What I see happening more and more is a divide between rural and urban and Government, both present and past, are doing an awful lot to create a divide and make it more real which is wrong.”

The Kilgarvan politician has also revealed how he is “continuously” being sent abusive emails from one individual and that it has been happening for some time.

He told Newstalk’s Hard Shoulder programme that as a seasoned politician he does not “take personal offence”.

However, he said the volume of abuse directed at him from this one individual is a cause of frustration as it is often directed at members of his family too.

“I have a particular person… and it’s a person who when I sit down in the Dáil, an email will come in,” he said.

“When I get off this radio programme an email will come in and it will tell me what he thought of me,” Mr Healy-Rae said.

“How stupid I am, how much of a bog man I am, how much of a shame I am to County Kerry, and he’ll say horrible things about my family, about my children and he continuously does this, continuously.”

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The independent TD said the person in question had sent him an abusive email after he recently appeared on a television programme.

“When I was in the car leaving the television programme, he sent me a horrible message and he does this continuously,” he said.

Mr Healy-Rae said there was “no need in the world” for the man to insult him or his family – asking: “Wouldn't he go away and do a bit of work for himself? Wouldn't he go and do something productive for himself?”

He continued by saying he wanted to send the man a “direct message” - “Go away and get up tomorrow morning and do something productive.

"But don’t mind waste your time thinking about me because my God there surely is a lot better things in the world to do than thinking about me.”

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