By the time Jackie Healy-Rae finally rocketed to national prominence, when the melodeons from Kilgarvan ushered him down Molesworth Street and into Leinster House in the summer of 1997, he had already been a political colossus in Kerry South for more than a generation.
From the 1960s onwards, an election in the Kingdom wasn’t an election without Healy-Rae’s ebullient and boisterous campaigning style.
If ever Neil Blaney, the veteran Fianna Fáil campaigner...
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