Monday 5 December 2016

Alan Kelly says he regrets controversial 'power is a drug' remark at fiery Labour party meeting

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

Published 30/03/2016 | 18:07

Environment Minister Alan Kelly Photo: Steve Humphreys
Environment Minister Alan Kelly Photo: Steve Humphreys
Outgoing Environment Minister Alan Kelly. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Labour Party deputy leader Alan Kelly celebrates with supporters at the count centre in Thurles after he won the last seat in the Tipperary constituency. Photo: Frank McGrath

Labour Party deputy leader Alan Kelly has said he regrets his controversial 'power is a drug' remark at a fiery meeting in Dublin.

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The admission was made over three hours into Labour's post mortem into its disastrous General Election result.

There were several calls at the meeting for a change of leadership in a move that will heap pressure on party leader and Acting Tánaiste Joan Burton.

Ms Burton has yet to address the meeting, which is taking place in the CityWest in Dublin.

Labour Party deputy leader Alan Kelly celebrates with supporters at the count centre in Thurles after he won the last seat in the Tipperary constituency. Photo: Frank McGrath
Labour Party deputy leader Alan Kelly celebrates with supporters at the count centre in Thurles after he won the last seat in the Tipperary constituency. Photo: Frank McGrath

According to sources however, Mr Kelly said he regretted remarks made during an interview with Sunday Independent journalist Niamh Horan during the campaign.

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During the lengthy interview in his constituency, Mr Kelly described power as a "drug".

Meanwhile, the party's former chief whip Emmet Stagg lashed out at the leadership, including Ms Burton.

There was also criticism levelled at the party's General Secretary Brian McDowell.

Significantly, there were a number of calls for Brendan Howlin to take over as leader.

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