County Councillor Johnny Healy-Rae denies his family attend the funerals of people they do not know.
The councillor was responding to claims from Fianna Fáil County Councillor Michael Cahill, who said politicians attending the funerals of people they do not know is despicable.
Responding to the claims from Councillor Cahill, Councillor Johnny Healy-Rae says it would be impossible for someone to ascertain the extent of who the Healy-Raes know, pointing to the number of people he, Maura, Danny and Michael have interacted with through their work.
Councillor Healy-Rae says, while he does not send out funeral packages himself, he apologises to those who received the packages and did not want them.
The funeral packages the Healy-Raes send out consists of a mass card, a poem and information about entitlements.
Councillor Healy-Rae claims if he did not know the deceased personally, he and his family would know members of the deceased’s family.