Has AK-47 lost the big shoot-out?

Alan Kelly’s plans for rent certainty have failed to persuade his Fine Gael colleagues - but he is doubling down on them anyway

1st November, 2015
Alan Kelly: reportedly not flavour of the month with some civil servants working for him

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly revels in the nickname of AK-47, but he has lost the shoot-out over rent certainty. While blunt speaking may be all well and good, politics is about the art of persuasion.

And since he fired off his first rounds on rent certainty at the Labour party conference in Killarney last February, Kelly has failed to build support in the coalition for the measure.

In the months that followed, there...

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