Time to Talk

When Irish politician Michael Healy-Rae speaks about the biggest regret of his life – he didn’t have time to talk when somebody needed him most – he vowed never to stop talking and listening, and really hearing what people were trying to say. And so his first book – neither a manifesto nor a memoir – celebrates the power of talk to forge real human connection and sustain us.

Through tales that are sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant, sometimes heart-breaking, but always true, Time to Talk follows in the tradition of the great Kerry storytellers, capturing the real heartbeat of rural Ireland.

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Publication Date

October 2018




Hardback, 256 pages

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Gill Books


216 x 135 mm


By Michael Healy-Rae

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Michael Healy-Rae TD is an Irish Independent politician who has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Kerry constituency since the 2016 general election. He previously sat as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Kerry South constituency from 2011 to 2016. He was appointed Chair of the Committee on European Union Affairs in April 2016. He lives in Kilgarvan with his wife, Eileen. Together they have five children.

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