Saturday 17 March 2018

Eilis O'Hanlon: The one they call AK-47 now shoots himself in the foot

Alan Kelly. Photo: Gareth Chaney
Alan Kelly. Photo: Gareth Chaney

Eilis O'Hanlon

The Environment Minister only has himself to blame for his woes, writes Eilis O'Hanlon.

Lemony Snicket called his popular children's book sequence A Series Of Unfortunate Events, and the first volume was A Bad Beginning. As things stand, it looks as if Snicket may have unknowingly been writing the story of Alan Kelly's election campaign.

Of all the candidates, the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government has had by far the worst start. It began with a car crash interview in last week's Sunday Independent, in which Kelly made the classic mistake of letting his hair down by confiding that power is a "drug" and that it "suits" him.

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