He may still be brooding from his Labour party leadership defeat, but the former Environment minister Alan Kelly has yet again made another public outburst saying that he “must be the most over-psychoanalysed politician ever”.
Mr Kelly who lost his nomination for the coveted position over the weekend revealed that he is deeply “upset and annoyed about being forced to forfeit his challenge. The former Labour deputy leader told his local radio station Tipp FM that his main issue was the lack of democracy, which saw three people getting to decide for 4,000 members.
Mr Kelly explained: “I think a contest would have been the right thing to do. The party’s constitution is not fit for purpose and was written for a larger party. It has left us in an unusual situation where three TDs got to make a decision for 4,000 party members.”
Mr Kelly who never even contested the party leadership due to not being able to secure a seconder among the other six Labour TD’s, went onto say: “It’s very clear that one particular TD wanted to facilitate a contest.” “Jan [O’Sullivan] told me on numerous occasions she favoured a contest. I mean she might have supported Brendan but she favoured a contest.”