Danny Healy-Rae, A Special Kind Of Stupid

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…

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7 comments

    1. The similarities between the core of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, and their gene poll offshoots, and the DUP/TUV/UUP are pretty startling when you take faith and ideology out of it. An Antrim sheep farmer, Orange sash and all, has far more in common with his Kerry counterpart than anyone in Britain. The common nationality of both is obvious. Except perhaps to the oul lad in Antrim (or some in Kerry).

  1. Parish pump politics take a really big hit when you fix the broken systems people have to deal with. You kill it dead when you take patronage powers away from elected representatives.

    Look around the world, are any of the governments delivering for their citizenry? Any of them? It is clear representative politics is dead and the Healy Rae’s are merely the symptom. We have the technology and we’ve a proven history of wresting power from the powerful. It’s time to do so and move to direct democracy. Until that fails and we need the next phase.

  2. I actually met Michael Healy Rae..the brother. He presented an award to one of my sons and others. Very polished speaker indeed but I guess he goes into hillbilly mode when he is out canvassing in South Kerry. Whereas Danny has only one tune. You’d get more sense out of King Puck. He knows how to add and subtract though…..

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