Thursday 22 March 2018

How Alan Kelly’s world fell apart

Tipperary TD snubs press conference during which Brendan Howlin was announced as the new Labour leader

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

Niall O'Connor

Former minister Alan Kelly is considering his future in politics after being left humiliated by his parliamentary party.

Mr Kelly is reeling following his failure to secure the backing of a single Labour TD in his bid to succeed Joan Burton as party leader.

The Tipperary TD snubbed a press conference in Dublin yesterday, during which Brendan Howlin was announced as the new party leader.

One TD who was present described Mr Kelly's no-show as "childish" and "disrespectful".

But Mr Kelly is adamant that Mr Howlin "blocked" his leadership ambitions by warning colleagues that he would not stand if there was a contest.

"Howlin was either too precious or too afraid of Kelly to allow a contest," a source close to Mr Kelly said.

Later, Mr Kelly tweeted an image of seven pints of Guinness lined up, ranging from full to half empty, with the cryptic message: "The seven stages of leadership".

The humiliation for Mr Kelly is compounded by the fact he appeared on 'The Late, Late Show' to declare his intention to succeed Ms Burton.

Mr Kelly is now understood to be considering his future in politics.

But sources said he does not intend to quit the party in the short term.

Irish Independent

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