‘Briars and bushes and birds and bees and worms are no good unless there’s people’

Deputy Danny Healy-Rae

HE has always maintained that only God himself could be held accountable for the weather and that the hole in the Ozone layer was caused by nuclear testing conducted 50 years ago.

And now Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae has objected to more carbon taxes being introduced at the expense of the people.

While fears have been expressed that Kerry is in the throes of a climate emergency, the Kilgarvan politician said there are some people who are more interested in saving the planet than they are about helping people.

Debating the National Development Plan and a suggestion that imposing more carbon taxes could help pay for capital investment projects, Deputy Healy-Rae said it is the ordinary people who would suffer and it seems to matter little to the government that there are people that don’t have houses to live in.

Cllr Johnny Healy-Rae

He claimed that government proposals on more carbon taxes would “paralyse the poor people” in this country.

“We’re talking about bringing Ireland into line? Talk about the Japanese – they can’t see their belly buttons with fog and smog and the same with the Chinese,” he said.

Deputy Healy-Rae’s councillor son, Johnny, also recently shared his views on climate change, insisting that any green energy proposals would have to be well thought out and practical.

“Briars and bushes and birds and bees and worms are no good unless there’s people,” he said.

He queried the wisdom of paying three to four euro for a litre of oil that is imported when it can be explored off the coast of Kerry and that there was a danger of a Kerry supporter driving to the All-Ireland final having to splash out €500 in diesel.

“The Green Party have taken it a step too fa,” Cllr Johnny Healy-Rae said.

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