Danny Healy Rae Apologises for ‘Heat of the Moment’ Planet Comments

Danny Healy Rae TD has just issued an apology for his ‘To hell with the Planet’ outburst at Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre on Sunday. ©Photograph: John Reidy

“If my comments offended anyone, I want to sincerely apologise for that,” said Danny Healy Rae, TD in a statement just issued.

The statement is a response to a controversy which blew up between himself and Green Party candidate and Kenmare native, Cleo Murphy on Sunday.

Fair to the People

“Obviously I care about the planet as much as the people in it. The point I was trying to get across is as much as we must mind the planet, we must be fair to the people.

“Again I apologise and withdraw these remarks,” said Deputy Healy Rae.

White Heat of Count Centre

Asked in the white heat of the Kerry constituency count in Killarney on Sunday for his views on climate change by a member of the camera/mic toting army, Deputy Danny responded with typical fire in such off the cuff, unrehearsed circumstances:

“To hell with the planet and the fellas that say we must save the planet and forget about the people! I’m not one of those people. I make no apologies to anyone, anywhere for that,” was Danny’s outburst for which he has now apologised to anyone who was offended by his remarks.