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

By Claire Williamson

Ukip's former Northern Ireland leader David McNarry has come under fire after he said "it wouldn't be a bad thing" if Dublin went underwater due to climate change.

Mr McNarry made the comments on BBC Talkback during a debate on climate change.

It comes as President Donald Trump announced he was pulling out of the 2015 Paris climate change agreement.

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The deal unites all the world's nations in a single agreement on tackling climate change for the first time in history.

The President's decision has prompted international dismay as Trump said he will be trying to negotiate a deal which is fairer for American workers.

When told on Friday's programme by Alliance councillor Emmett McDonough-Brown that climate change may put Dublin underwater by the year 2100, Mr McNarry responded: "Well it wouldn't be a bad thing".

The remark was met with shock from Mr McDonough-Brown who said it was an "appalling thing to say".

Mr McNarry replied: "Is it of any consequence to us the interference Dublin puts into us?

When asked if he stood by his remarks he said 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.

"I actually have family living in Dublin."

Mr McNarry said climate change was "scaremongering".

"We keep on hearing about the things going to happen in our world and when are they going to happen. I've been around for a long time and they haven't yet happened."

Mr McNarry continued: "We in the UK avoid using our own natural resources and we have run away in Northern Ireland from fracking which is right under out feet and is a cost effective energy."

"He (Donald Trump) has delivered on an election promise. No surprise there. Delivered on putting America first - what's wrong with that?

"That's what America wants," he added.

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