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Enda Kenny officially elected as Ireland’s new Taoiseach

Categories: Politics, Government
Enda Kenny officially elected as Ireland’s new Taoiseach

Fine Gael leader has been officially named the new Taoiseach of Ireland following a vote in the Dáil this afternoon.

Kenny was voted in to the top post by 117 votes to 27.

Simon Harris, the youngest Fine Gael deputy elected this year, nominated Enda Kenny and the motion was debated for about an hour.

The nomination was seconded by Labour’s Ciara Conway.

Kenny’s nomination was opposed by Sinn Féin, but Gerry Adams and Pearse Doherty stressed it was a not a personal opposition. Adams said he had respect for Fine Gael’s mandate.

Several independents, the United Left Alliance and other smaller parties also opposed Kenny’s nomination although many wished him well in the post.

Kerry South independent Tom Fleming said the country needs "ethical and compassionate leadership" and abstained from the vote.

Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin said his party did not oppose Kenny’s nomination for Taoiseach. He said that he was breaking from the tradition of nominating a Taoiseach for the sake of it.

Kenny now travels to the Phoenix Park where President Mary McAleese will present him with the seal of office. The Dáil has been adjourned for two-and-a-half hours from 2.10pm. When it returns, Kenny will announce his Cabinet.

Categories: Politics, Government