How the smart people usually turn out to be wrong
The sniffy reaction to Danny Healy-Rae's climate-change views was pure snobbery
Published 08/05/2016 | 02:30
Eamon Ryan's face bore the horrified expression of a man who'd found himself inadvertently trapped in a sketch from The Savage Eye.
Danny Healy-Rae, recently elected TD for Kerry, was explaining his view that climate change is not a man-made disaster, but a natural phenomenon subject to frequent shifts over time, adding that "God above is in charge of the weather" and "we here can't do anything about it".
Ryan referenced the exchange again in the Dail on Friday when he rose to respond as Green Party leader to the vote on the election of a new Taoiseach. He was admirably generous in praising Healy-Rae's sincerity, but it was still clearly on his mind.