Independent TD, Danny Healy-Rae, living proof if ever there was one that evolution is not always a forward moving process, has staged another bravura interview, this time with Jason O’Toole of Hot Press magazine. Kerry’s pot-bellied publican-turned-politician has several interesting things to say about climate change, equal marriage, abortion and the literal nature of the bible. And I do mean literal:
“I’m basing my views on facts. The facts are there and history proves it. We had the Ice Age. We had Noah’s Ark. We had all those stories. We’ve proof of the Famine in 1740, which was caused by two years of incessant rain. We lost almost a third of our people because they couldn’t feed the cattle and the cattle starved, and they couldn’t save turf to keep themselves warm. Those are facts. There were some centuries when the country was very hot and warm and then there were different centuries with so much rain and cold. So, those are facts
…I never read all the Bible. But I found the Bible to be correct in many instances.”
Which makes one wonder why on earth the Old Testament fundamentalists and creationists of the regional DUP oppose the reunification of Ireland? Sure, in Danny Healy-Rae and Nelson McCausland we have the perfect cross-community candidates for taoiseach and tánaiste!
Talking of political embarrassments, former Fianna Fáil member, Averil Power, has been selected as the new chief executive of the charitable Asthma Society of Ireland, on an enviable salary of €95,000 a year. I suppose the position is some small compensation for the seriously ambitious wannabe-politico following her double failure to get elected in 2016. Or in 2011. Or in 2009…