Danny Healy-Rae reckons the hole in the ozone layer was caused by nuclear testing 3 years ago

Danny Healy-Rae reckons the hole in the ozone layer was caused by nuclear testing

He's the gift that keeps on giving.

Danny Healy-Rae has made the claim in the Dáil that holes in the ozone later were caused by nuclear testing in the Pacific Ocean 50 years ago.

At least he's not saying that God above did it.

Everyone's favourite conspiracy theorist, who previously said that the story of Noah's Ark is more believable than climate change, was taking part in a debate about the ratification of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

"There was changes in the climate way back in times when there was no industrialisation and way less animals on farms and no intensification of farming.

"Yet we had intense heat, long periods of very cold, wet weather which culminated in many lives being lost in the famine in the 1740s, caused by two years of incessant rain and extremely cold winters."

"El Nino and the Gulf Stream played a significant part in climate change going back the centuries. There have been a lot untruths bandied about going back for many years.

"They told us about the ozone layer and there was greenhouse gases from cans of hairspray or whatever but they never told us that it was nuclear testing in the Pacific Ocean 50 years ago actually caused the serious damage to the Ozone layer.

"Thankfully it is mending and it is curing and it is not anything to do with policies in any country in recent times."

He revealed his concern that the Paris Climate Agreement would have on farmers.

"It is rumoured that the national herd will have to be reduced and I will not support any policy that will impinge negatively on our agricultural production. If Ireland misses our 2020 targets... three years is too little to meet the targets."