Saturday 17 March 2018

Kelly says he regrets controversial 'power is a drug' interview remarks

Alan Kelly. Photo: Tom Burke
Alan Kelly. Photo: Tom Burke
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

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

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

According to sources, Mr Kelly said he regretted remarks made during an interview with the 'Sunday Independent' just days before the Dáil was dissolved at the start of February.

"Anybody who says that power isn't attractive is telling you a lie. Of course it is," he said at the time.

"It's obviously a drug. It's attractive. It's something you thrive on. It suits some people. It doesn't suit others. I think it suits me," he added.

He also spoke of how he would like to lead the party some day, but said that "in politics you are your own boss, really".

That comment later prompted Labour leader Joan Burton to reiterate that she was his boss when asked about his remarks.

There were several calls for Ms Burton to step down at last night's meeting in Citywest Hotel, but Mr Kelly sustained some criticism as well.

Irish Independent

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