Interview with Danny Healy-Rae August 18, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
The latest issue of Hot Press brings us an interview with Danny Healy-Rae, conducted by Jason O’Toole. Now some of it is predictable. He doubles down on his climate change views.
You must have felt hard done by, the amount of abuse and criticism you got over what you said about God being in charge of the weather…
No. I’m not bothered at all. Everyone is entitled to their view. 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.
Which evinces this response:
You mentioned Noah’s Ark there. That’s not a proven fact – or do you believe everything that’s in the Bible?
The first thing I have to say to you, I never read all the Bible. But I found the Bible to be correct in many instances. I do believe that there is a God there and I believe that there is some place after. I was brought up that way, Jason.
But he’s a raft of views – though, perhaps tellingly – he strikes something of an uncertain note on many of them. Not abortion. He’s no fan of repealing the 8th. And he’s still not convinced by same sex marriage (‘what I thought was wrong with that was the little baby had no choice.’). At one point there’s this exchange:
I’m just trying to make it clear for readers. I hope you understand that.
I do. You’re doing your job, but I have to kind of mind my corner too.
He’s no time for Trump, nope, he’s supporting Clinton. But what of a vision? The closest it comes to one is this:
All we want is to create the infrastructure so that we could attract investment – like the Macroom bypass, like broadband. I feel the country will tip into the Irish Sea because all the weight of the people going into the eastern side of the country at the present time to the detriment of Kerry and the west of Ireland.
It may seem like thin stuff and some will mock but as O’Toole notes he is one of the first pair of brothers ever elected in the same constituency at the same election. Somehow, on some level, the message is resonating with a significant tranche of voters in Kerry. Worth asking how and why. An interesting interview which perhaps points to the answers to those questions. Another worth reading.