Kerry TD defends his controversial views after claiming "God above" controls the weather
Independent TD Danny Healy-Rae has defended his views on climate change, referring to the biblical story of Noah’s Ark as fact.
In an interview with Hot Press magazine, the Kerry deputy also said that he would have no hesitation in shooting an intruder on his property.
The Kerry deputy caused controversy earlier this year when he disputed the idea of human-caused climate change.
Mr Healy-Rae told a Dáil debate that “God above is in charge of the weather and we here can’t do anything about it”.
He stood by his remarks in an interview with Hot Press journalist Jason O’Toole, in a defence referring to both Noah's Ark and the Ice Age.
"Everyone is entitled to their view. I’m basing my views on facts,” he said when asked if criticism of his views was unfair.
“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.
"Those are facts," he continued. "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."
The Kilgarvan-based politician also defended the right of homeowners to shoot intruders on their land.
"I’d aim for their legs first. I’d immobilise them first, or something like that, if there was no other way of dealing with them,” he told the magazine.
“I’d have no problem with that. It’s ridiculous where the law actually favours the criminal in some of these incidents."
The full interview can be read in Hot Press’ new Electric Picnic issue, on shelves from today.