TDs and senators in Kerry made over 2,500 representations to the HSE about medical card applications in the first eight months of 2015.
New figures obtained by Radio Kerry News show that the HSE received over 2,000 calls, e-mails and letters from Kerry TDs alone during the period.
Making representations on behalf of constituents who have applied for a medical card is the bread and butter of TDs and senators.
The sheer extent and number of those representations are revealed in new statistics from the Health Service Executive.
Nationally, in the eight months between January and August 2015, almost 35,000 contacts about medical card applications were handled by the HSE.
In Kerry, there were 2,031 calls made and e-mails or letters sent to the Executive by the six TDs in the county.
The highest number received was from Independent deputy, Michael Healy-Rae with 670 representations with Fine Gael’s Brendan Griffin close behind on 594.
Between them, over the course of the eight month period, 401 representations were made by Kerry senators with 257 from Fianna Fáil’s Mark Daly and 137 from Labour’s Marie Moloney.
The full number of representations made to the HSE will be available on our website, www.radiokerry.ie
Representations about medical card applications – January to August 2015
Arthur Spring (Lab) 79
Brendan Griffin (FG) 594
Jimmy Deenihan (FG) 269
Martin Ferris (SF) 139
Michael Healy-Rae (Ind) 670
Tom Fleming (Ind) 280
Paul Coghlan (FG) 1
Mark Daly (FF) 257
Marie Moloney (Lab) 137
Ned O’Sullivan (FF) 3
Tom Sheahan (FG) 3