Friday 20 October 2017

Tanaiste defends Alan Kelly's absence at Childcare launch following 'power is a drug' interview

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.

Barry Lennon

Labour leader Joan Burton said “it's very challenging to hide” Alan Kelly, after the first full week of election campaigning.

The Tanaiste spoke following Mr Kelly's earlier claims that “power is a drug” and he was “his own boss” in an interview with the Sunday Independent.

Ms Burton pointed out that he wasn't hiding and would be appearing tomorrow at the launch of party's housing policy in Limerick, after a question about his absence.

Speaking at Labour's Childcare launch this morning, Ms Burton also said that he's doing exactly “what he should be doing” following his dispute with Mattie McGrath on radio last week.

“I understand Alan is deep in debate with Mattie and the voters of Tipperary. That's what I expect him to be doing,” she said.

“Alan like everybody else has to be in his own constituency.”

Meanwhile, Labour pledged to give mothers and fathers three months of parental leave, shared between both parents after the birth of their child.

“Sometimes we forget men are parents too,” she said.

The party also promise to reduce childcare costs to €2 an hour by the end of the next term in Government if elected.

It promises an immediate a reduction to €4.25 (€170 per week).

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