LISTEN: 'Wouldn't be a bad thing if Dublin went underwater due to climate change', says David McNarry 3 years ago

LISTEN: 'Wouldn't be a bad thing if Dublin went underwater due to climate change', says David McNarry

The political world is still reeling from Trump's decision to pull America out of the climate change solving (or not, depending on your stance on the matter) Paris Agreement.

In direct opposition to Obama's legacy defining accord, Trump will not be joining the 195 other countries in the agreement, making them one of only three countries in the world not to have signed the agreement, along with Syria and Nicaragua.

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This was the topic of conversation during an episode of BBC Talkback this week, when UKIP's former Northern Ireland leader David McNarry was one of the guests on the show.

Also on the programme was Alliance Councillor Emmet McDonough-Brown, who stated that climate change may put Dublin underwater by the year 2100.

McNarry's response? "Well it wouldn't be a bad thing."

McDonough-Brown responded that it was an appalling thing to say, and soon after listeners to the show flooded the lines with complaints about McNarry's remarks.

The show's host William Crawley asked if McNarry stood by his statement, to which he answered: "[If] people can't abide flippancy, I'm sorry for them."

"I was putting it into the context of, Dublin has been no friend of Northern Ireland, politically, economically or any otherwise and it was a case of saying, 'if it's going to go underwater, well fine'. I really don't mean that and I hope people wouldn't think that."

You can listen to the interview in full here (the conversation in question kicks off around the 1 hour 5 minute mark).

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