Michael Healy-Rae to publish book of recollections

Independent TD writes stories ‘about growing up and different things like that’

Michael Healy Rae. Photograph: David Sleator

Michael Healy Rae. Photograph: David Sleator


Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae has written a book of recollections about his life and growing up in Kerry.

Time to Talk: Stories from the heart of Ireland will be published by the end of October, Mr Healy-Rae said.

“I can’t say too much about it but it is a book of stories that I wrote about growing up and different things like that. It is not a political book,” Mr Healy Rae added.

Senator Lynn Ruane has also confirmed she has written a book about her life, which will be published next month.

It is called People Like Me and covers her addiction and her Me Too moment, she said.

“I can honestly say after many tears I am feeling proud and like I shed another armour of protection,” she added.

They join a number of politicians who have put pen to paper.

Former Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has published a number of books and is planning to publish a cookery book, with ingredients including “some of the best-kept secrets of the Irish peace process”.

Mr Adams has written some 15 books, including memoirs and political and historical works and will also unveil a new book of short stories next year – which has been five years in the making, he said.

Minister for Culture Jospeha Madigan is also a published author and wrote a novel titled Negligent Behaviour.