Fuming D’Arcy hangs up on ‘time-wasting’ Healy-Rae

Fuming Ray D’Arcy hung up on Kerry councillor Danny Healy-Rae yesterday morning after giving him a dressing down for wasting the country’s time with his “hare-brained” drink-driving motion.

In an exchange which lasted less than three minutes, the normally unflappable Today FM host rebuked the Kerry county councillor for dreaming up the motion to press Justice Minister Alan Shatter for permits to be issued to people in rural areas to allow them to drive after having “two or three” drinks.

The radio host, who has been a vocal road safety campaigner, eventually hung up on Mr Healy-Rae less than three minutes into the interview.

Mr Darcy told Mr Healy-Rae he was getting a headache after listening to him describe his proposal to allow people in isolated rural areas to drive home from their local pub.

“Where have you been for the eight or nine years as the country talked about road safety?” he asked Mr Healy-Rae. “Where have you been when we have radically attempted to reduce the amount of carnage on our roads, where a definite link between drinking and driving and road fatality was made by everybody?”

Mr Healy-Rae answered that he did not foresee a safety issue as he was referring to minor roads.

“The roads I’m talking about there was never a fatality or anyone seriously injured or anyone injured at all, because you couldn’t be doing 25 or 30 miles an hour,” he said.

Mr Darcy dismissed this explanation and dubbed the controversial proposal as “ridiculous and ludicrous”.

“If it ever did happen then everybody would want to do it,” said Mr Darcy.

“Then let’s issue permits for speeding for people who want to get home in a hurry because they have three kids and they missed them all day. It’s ridiculous.”

The easygoing host of the country’s biggest morning show also told off Mr Healy-Rae for wasting the country’s time and public money with his motion.

“The other problem, Danny, is that you are being funded by people in Kerry who had to pay €100 of a household charge,” he said.

“They are funding Kerry County Council for you to come up with harebrained ideas like this and waste everybody’s time. I have to say goodbye. This is my show. Good luck.”

© Irish Examiner Ltd. All rights reserved

Email Updates

Receive our lunchtime briefing straight to your inbox

Related Articles

More in this Section

Ryanair sues Google and eDreams over web search issues

Movember shows that men’s health is in crisis

Dublin residents take action over hostel for homeless

Early warning system to tackle suicide in Cork


Breaking Stories

Married 'bishop and vicar' from organisation founded by St Patrick transform home into 'church'

Donald Trump drops plans to build wall at Doonbeg golf course

Labour urges Taoiseach to apologise on behalf of State to gays convicted of homosexuality in past

Man who stabbed mother to death found not guilty by reason of insanity in 'very distressing' case

Lifestyle

Children's hospice makes sure families experience a truly precious Christmas

Making Cents: PCPs are the deals for those looking for new wheels

Finding the best Munster poems for anthology

100 years ago Cork knuckled down to the coldest winter in living memory

More From The Irish Examiner