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Biography of the Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny, T.D.


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  • Enda Kenny was re-elected Taoiseach on 6 May 2016 for a 2nd term.
  • The Government of the 32nd Dáil he now leads is historic in that it is comprised of Fine Gael and various Independents and facilitated from opposition by Fianna Fáil.
  • Enda was first elected Taoiseach in March 2011 when Fine Gael won an unprecedented 76 seats, going on then to lead a Fine Gael –Labour Coalition Government until 2016.
  • He has represented the people of Mayo as a Fine Gael member of Dáil Éireann since 1975, making him the longest serving TD in the house.
  • He was elected Leader of Fine Gael in June 2002.
  • In the local elections in 2009 Fine Gael won 340 seats, becoming the largest party at local level for the first time in history.
  • He served as Minister for Tourism and Trade from 1994 – 1997, overseeing an unprecedented growth in tourism business and Ireland’s trade position internationally.
  • He was Minister for State at the Department of Education, Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands, Western Development, Youth Affairs and Sport in the 1980s.

Some other facts

  • Enda is married to Fionnuala. They have 3 grown up children.  
  • He is a keen cyclist and has participated in many charity cycles.
  • He enjoys hillwalking, having climbed Croagh Patrick in his native Mayo over 100 times and also Kilimanjaro for charity.
  • He enjoys annual family holidays in Kerry.
  • He is a keen reader of many genres, particularly Irish political and military history.
  • He is a fluent Irish speaker.
  • He is a huge fan of Bruce Springsteen.
  • He played for, managed and coached his local GAA team Islandeady for many years.
  • Enda is a strong supporter of the Mayo football team, travelling to see them play whenever possible. His late father Henry Kenny won All Ireland Football honours with Mayo in 1936 which is a particular source of pride for the Taoiseach.