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The Kerry independent politician Danny Healy Rae has apologised for comments he made yesterday.

In comments that went viral, Mr Healy Rae yesterday told Virgin Media News: "To hell with the planet and the fella that says we must save the planet and forget about the people!

"I'm not one of those people. I make no apologies to anyone, anywhere for that."

The remarks also led to a brief conflict between himself and Green Party candidate Cleo Murphy.

Mr Healy Rae - who is expected to be re-elected at some stage today - apologised for the comments at the Killarney count centre this afternoon.

He said: "Obviously we have to care about the planet - but we have to care about our people as well, and be fair to the people.

"I trust that that clarifies the situation. I haven't slept for three weeks - or any of our supporters - from being anxious, and [the count is] not finalised yet.

"I apologise again to everyone or anyone I offended. I said it out of context - we have to care for our planet, but we have to be fair for our people in it as well."

Reporting by Niall Colbert and Stephen McNeice

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