Green Party's Ryan challenges Healy-Rae to climate debate
Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has challenged Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae to a debate on climate change in the Independent TD's hometown of Kilgarvan.
Mr Healy-Rae has been outspoken on the issue, insisting on a number of occasions that "man cannot influence climate". However, Mr Ryan said he did not wish to trade insults with the Kerry TD and would prefer to debate the issue.
The Dublin TD said that it was up to his party to convince Mr Healy-Rae and others with similar views that reducing Ireland's carbon footprint would be beneficial to them in the short and long-term.
"I would love that. I think that's the better way to go about it," Mr Ryan said.
"I'd prefer to go down to Killarney or Kilgarvan and sit down in the community hall and debate the issue."
Danny Healy-Rae's views were also disputed by his nephew, Jackie Jnr - the son of TD Michael Healy-Rae - on Twitter earlier on in the week.
Referring to an article in which his uncle said Hurricane Ophelia had nothing to do with climate change, he said: "Climate change is a scientific fact man! Get with it!" The tweet was later deleted. When contacted by the Irish Independent, Jackie Healy-Rae said he did not wish to get involved in the issue.