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


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  • Enda Kenny was elected as Taoiseach on March 9th 2011.
  • He was elected Leader of Fine Gael in June 2002. Since then, he has rebuilt the party. Under his leadership Fine Gael has gained seats in every single location.
  • In the general election in 2011 Fine Gael won 76 seats, becoming the largest party in the Dáil.
  • In the local elections in 2009 Fine Gael won 340 seats, becoming the largest party at local level for the first time in history.
  • Enda has represented the people of Mayo as a Fine Gael member of Dáil Éireann since 1975.
  • 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.

Some other facts

  • Enda is married to Fionnuala. They have 3 teenage children, Aoibhinn, Ferdia and Naoise.
  • He enjoys hillwalking, cycling, golf, has climbed Croagh Patrick over 100 times and Kilimanjaro for charity.
  • He played for, managed and coached his local team Islandeady GAA for many years to County Championship victories.
  • He looks forward to and enjoys annual family holidays in Kerry.
  • He reads a lot, including Irish and military history.
  • He is a fluent Irish speaker.
  • He is a huge fan of Bruce Springsteen.
  • His late father Henry Kenny won All Ireland Football honours with Mayo in 1936 and his father in law with Kerry in 1953.