In an exclusive interview with The Clare People newspaper as the final tally results for the Clare constituency in the General Election came in, Dr Michael Harty has invoked the spirit of John Healy’s ‘No One Shouted Stop’ campaign of the 1960s.
Speaking to The Clare People on Lahinch beach where he reflected on a whirlwind campaign, Dr Harty spoke of the ‘Rural Revolution’ that has taken flight in the past month as he set about winning a seat in the 32nd Dáil.
The tallies showed that the Kilmihil-based GP got 15 per cent of the first preferences in the constituency with 8,454 votes.
He said it was the huge response and work ethic from his campaign team in all parts of the county that kick-started his remarkable showing in the General Election as he moved firmly on course to become the fourth medical practitioner to be elected to Dáil Éireann.
Dr Paddy Hillery was the first in 1951, followed by Dr Bill Loughnane in 1969, both of whom represented Fianna Fáil and racked up 22 and 13 years in Dáil Éireann respectively, while Dr Moosajeé Bhamjeé served one term from 1992 to ’97.
Now Dr Harty is set to be the fourth — remarkably four years to the day since he started campaigning when he and his team gathered in Ennistymon, the scene of this Saturday’s General Election count and set about winning over the hearts and minds of the Banner County electorate.
You can listen to an exclusive extract of Dr Harty’s interview with The Clare People by clicking on the image above.