Joan Burton reminds Alan Kelly that she is the boss

Joan Burton reminds Alan Kelly that she is the boss

By Elaine Loughlin, political reporter

Tánaiste Joan Burton has put Environment Minister Alan Kelly in his place today by stating she is his boss.

In an interview over the weekend, Mr Kelly outlined his political ambitions and declared: “I am my own boss".

But this afternoon, Ms Burton, who is today celebrating her birthday, moved to remind Mr Kelly that she is leader of the party.

Asked whether or not she is Mr Kelly’s boss she said: “Yes I am in the sense that I am the leader of the Labour party and the members of the Labour Party voted for my election as leader and Alan’s election as deputy leader.

“I am very happy that Alan has taken on a really significant role in this Government in relation to firstly sorting out the issues in respect of Irish Water and I think making real headway in relation to homelessness."

In the same interview with the Sunday Independent over the weekend Mr Kelly said that power is "obviously a drug. It’s attractive... I think it suits me”.

Reacting today, Ms Burton said: “I think that Alan, obviously has a great way with words and he is great campaigner.

“I probably have a slightly different approach, I enjoy being involved in all the activities that politics brings.

“But politics is an enormous privilege and it’s also a very important undertaking and at the end of the day, the people who really have the power are the citizens and the voters,” she said.

“I think every politician will be highly aware of that in the weeks to come and that’s how it should be."

On the issue of an election, Ms Burton said she would be meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny tomorrow morning and “people will be taken out of their misery very soon”.

More on this topic

Water charges 'will be collected'; Joan Burton expected to step down as Labour leaderWater charges 'will be collected'; Joan Burton expected to step down as Labour leader

Independent Alliance say FG will have to agree to 'radical proposals' for a govt by ThursdayIndependent Alliance say FG will have to agree to 'radical proposals' for a govt by Thursday

Talks with Independent Alliance could delay govt formation; SF says FF have 'lost credibility'Talks with Independent Alliance could delay govt formation; SF says FF have 'lost credibility'

Leo Varadkar's govt formation comments 'misleading and self-serving', says Michael McGrathLeo Varadkar's govt formation comments 'misleading and self-serving', says Michael McGrath


More in this Section

Teenage victim of paedophile ring packed knife to confront sex offender over unwanted advances, court hearsTeenage victim of paedophile ring packed knife to confront sex offender over unwanted advances, court hears

Environmental group wins landmark case over large-scale peat extractionEnvironmental group wins landmark case over large-scale peat extraction

Quinn staff 'demand an end to this reign of terror' following attack on executive Quinn staff 'demand an end to this reign of terror' following attack on executive

Families moving back into their homes after Dublin flats fireFamilies moving back into their homes after Dublin flats fire


Lifestyle

My seven-year-old stood tall, whispered “bravery” to herself and stepped into the pitch-black dungeon. I stood there and watched her disappear.Learner Dad: I hate nostalgia, I think it’s mawkish and sentimental

Dr Phil Kieran says head lice is incredibly common among school children and offers practical advice on how to remove the crawlers with easy treatments.Tackling head lice: Easy treatments to remove itchy creepers

Gráinne Healy only started running regularly a few years ago. She’s already completed 50 parkruns. She tells Rowena Walsh what motivates her.Ageing with Attitude: Parkruns and quiet Friday nights

Against popular wisdom and flying a plane made from bamboo, wire and bike handlebars, a Co Antrim woman blazed a sky trail for aviation and for the independence of women, writes Bette BrowneMagnificent Lilian Bland blazed a trail for independence of women in her plane of bamboo

More From The Irish Examiner