Sunday 4 December 2016

I have never perceived power as being a 'drug' - Taoiseach on Alan Kelly's comments

Published 08/02/2016 | 14:06

Minister of Environment, Community & Local Government Alan Kelly with some of the hundreds of thank you cards in his constituency office in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary last Friday.
Minister of Environment, Community & Local Government Alan Kelly with some of the hundreds of thank you cards in his constituency office in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary last Friday.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he has never perceived power as being a “drug”.

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In a thinly veiled swipe at Environment Minister Alan Kelly, Mr Kenny today said authority must be used in the interests of the people.

“I would never aspire to be Alan Kelly,” Mr Kenny joked at a Fine Gael event in Dublin.

 “I’ve said this on occasions, politicians are only the servants of the people. If you get into a mood, that if you assume that just because you are in a position of responsibility, that you have a power that’s used as a drug -  I have never been down that road. My view that the authority vested in you is a responsibility to make decisions in the interests of all the people.”

Minister of Environment, Community & Local Government Alan Kelly goes walkabout with Niamh Horan in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary last Friday.
Minister of Environment, Community & Local Government Alan Kelly goes walkabout with Niamh Horan in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary last Friday.

Mr Kelly’s remarks over power being used a “drug” have been criticised by his political rivals.

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