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Has Labour's 'AK47' finally gone and shot himself in the foot?

Published 31/10/2015 | 02:30

Alan Kelly is at risk of alienating his party and cabinet colleagues, including Tánaiste Joan Burton
Alan Kelly is at risk of alienating his party and cabinet colleagues, including Tánaiste Joan Burton

"We have been successful in Government. We have not been successful in politics."

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Alan Kelly's words from his final plea to the Labour Party, at a meeting in the Mansion House in June 2014 as he attempted to secure the position of deputy leader. He was right, of course, the Labour Party has been consistently politically outmanoeuvred by Fine Gael in this administration. However, having succeeded in securing the position of second in command at Labour Party HQ, Kelly has done little if anything to change that reality. Indeed, he may now be compounding the problem.

With all the airs of a man possessed with some secret brilliance known only to himself, he carries on regardless like a master of his own little universe. In recent days, he has used various avenues of the media to assign blame and ascribe responsibility to anyone but himself for the calamitous state of the housing crisis.

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