This is the evidence he presented as proof that climate change is a hoax invented by scientists, ‘who may not know everything’. However dramatic periods in the weather do little to prove Healy Rae’s rain god exists and alarmingly ignores years of scientific evidence which demonstrates the destruction of our climate has been caused by mankind.
Of course it’s worth noting that Danny Healy Rae was elected by a rural community who feel victimised by mounting environmental charges. Europe’s 2020 strategy which focuses on the reduction of greenhouse gases by targeting agriculture and continuous governing over traditional aspects of life such as turf cutting are leading factors in the surge of the Healy Rae camp, which resulted in his brother Michael being elected on first count with 20,378 votes and Danny following his footsteps on the second count with a total of 13,826 votes. Issues such as the right to cut turf have already been a big player in the Irish political scene with Luke 'Ming' Flanagan capitalising on the platform to get elected to the Dail in 2011, which culminated in his election to the European Parliament in 2014, where he now represents Ireland's demands to legalise weed.
This is a concern because TD’s like Danny Healy Rae & Luke Flanagan are elected on a platform of issues that impact segments of the population which are otherwise marginalised and detached from governing society. The larger parties which are cloaked in ‘The National Interest’ have come under increasing pressure in the last few years for abandoning rural communities, with the closure of Post Offices, Garda stations and hospitals being major issues for rural people.
And now that we’re looking more and more likely of the prospect of forming a government comprised of the people who caused the collapse of the Irish economy and the people who crystallised the crash as National Debt, you have to wonder if the electorate are becoming further disillusioned with Irish politics and further removed from the national interest.
The result is that gimmick TD’s have been given a licence to spout stupidity and inevitably get opportunities to represent the country as a whole at an international level, whether they’re backing up claims of creationism, trespassing on runways, or denying the holocaust.
The real problem here isn’t that Danny Healy Rae has made a show of the country; it’s that politicians in part have lost sight of the needs of the people, so much so that rural communities are beginning to feel like minority groups and are looking for alternative voices to represent their interests. The government has a responsibility to its people to ensure National and local economies are rejuvenated, to ensure communities feel protected and have a prospect of a brighter future while encompassing traditional values.