Monday 11 December 2017

'Army should be called in over Killarney's rhododendron situation' - says TD Healy-Rae Newsdesk Newsdesk

Kerry TD Michael Healy Rae had some strong words about a certain flower in the Dáil chamber yesterday.

The Independent politician said that the spread of rhododendron in Killarney National Park is so rampant that the Irish Army would be the only solution to solve the problem.

Speaking during yesterday evening's Topical Issues debate in the Dáil chamber, the poll-toppng politician said more resources are needed to address the situation.

"People are inclined to think that when it comes to a national park, that you close the gates and let it off. That you don't maintain the deer population. You don't aggressively attack the rhododendrons," he said.

"The rhododendron situation in Killarney National Park is gone so bad minister, nothing short of calling in the army is going to put it right."

The clip has gone viral on Twitter after it was shared by RTE journalist Conor McMorrow. So far, it has been viewed more than 91,000 times.

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