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From the archive: 'Power is a drug . . . it suits me' – the infamous Alan Kelly interview that 'wasn't my finest moment'

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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.

Minister of Environment, Community & Local Government Alan Kelly talks with Niamh Horan in the The Pantry Cafe in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary last Friday.

Minister of Environment, Community & Local Government Alan Kelly talks with Niamh Horan in the The Pantry Cafe in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary last Friday.

Minister of Environment, Community & Local Government Alan Kelly meets locals in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary last Friday.

Minister of Environment, Community & Local Government Alan Kelly meets locals in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary last Friday.

Minister of Environment, Community & Local Government Alan Kelly with his wife Regina in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary last Friday.

Minister of Environment, Community & Local Government Alan Kelly with his wife Regina 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.

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.

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

In 2016, then Minister for Environment Alan Kelly spoke to Niamh Horan in a wide-ranging interview covering his "ruthless" ambition to be Taoiseach, his relationship with former Tánaiste Joan Burton and unwinding by watching House of Cards. Following his decision to step down as Labour leader, the article, which he described as "not my finest moment," is reprinted below in full.

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