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Enda Kenny

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Enda Kenny

Irish Fine Gael politician, and has been the Taoiseach since 2011 add

Category: Politics

Born in 1951.

Countries: Ireland (76%), United Kingdom (6%), Europe (4%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Fine Gael, John Bruton, Michael Noonan

Linked to: Fine Gael, Labour Party, European People's Party, National University of Ireland, Galway




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Enda Kenny was born in 1951 add something


"'Enda Kenny"' is an Irish Fine Gael politician, and has been the Taoiseach since 2011 add something


From an early age Kenny was exposed to politics as his father, Henry Kenny, became a Fine Gael TD in 1954 add something


In the early 1970s he became directly involved in politics when he started helping his father with constituency clinics add something


In 1975 Henry Kenny, who was at this stage a Parliamentary Secretary in the government, died after a short battle with cancer add something


Kenny has been a Teachta Dála for Mayo since 1975, having succeeded his father Henry Kenny add something


Kenny was left out in the cold when Garret FitzGerald became Taoiseach for the first time in 1981 and again in 1982 add something


In 1982 Browne appeared on "The Late Late Show" where he poured scorn on Kenny, claiming he was "purporting" to be a TD. In October 2010, Browne was forced to make a public apology to Kenny after jokingly asking whether Fine Gael was requesting that he go into a darkroom with a gun and bottle of whiskey add something


Michael Noonan - Noonan has been a minister in every Fine Gael-led government since 1982, serving in the cabinets of Garret FitzGerald, John Bruton and Enda Kenny


He was, however, appointed as a member of the Fine Gael delegation at the New Ireland Forum in 1983 and later served on the British-Irish Parliamentary Association add something


In 1986 he became a Minister of State at the Departments of Education and Labour add something


Fine Gael lost the 1987 general election resulting in Kenny being on the opposition benches for the next seven years add something


On the quoting of Cardinal Ratzinger, the response notes that "the quotation in question is taken from the "Instruction on the Ecclesial Vocation of the Theologian", otherwise known as "Donum Veritatis" , published by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on 24 May 1990, and signed by the Prefect and Secretary of the Congregation add something


Kenny has been married to Dubliner Fionnuala O'Kelly since 1992 add something


He is Fine Gael's first Taoiseach since John Bruton from 1994 to 1997, and the first Fine Gael leader to win government in an election since Garret FitzGerald in 1982 add something


He served as Minister for Tourism and Trade from 1994 to 1997 add something


Among the report's findings were the revelation that the vast majority of allegations made in the diocese were not reported to the Garda, as required by the Church's 1996 guidelines; that the Bishop of the Diocese, John Magee, and others had withheld full cooperation with the Government's investigation and had deliberately misrepresented his own response to the allegations; and that the Vatican itself had both refused to cooperate in the investigation and counseled the Diocese that the 1996 guidelines were not binding add something


As minister he chaired the European Union Council of Trade Ministers during Ireland's six-month Presidency of the European Council as well as co-chairing a round of the World Trade Organization talks in 1996 add something


In 1997 the government was defeated at the general election and Kenny returned to the opposition benches add something


Among Kenny's other achievements were the rejuvenation of the Saint Patrick's Day parade in Dublin and the successful negotiations to bring a stage of the 1998 Tour de France to Ireland add something


In 2001 John Bruton resigned as leader of Fine Gael following a vote of no confidence in his ability add something


Michael Noonan - Noonan resigned as Fine Gael leader on the night of the election, and was replaced by Enda Kenny, the runner-up to Noonan in the 2001 leadership election


In September 2002, Kenny was accused of making racist remarks after he used the word "nigger" in a joke relating to Patrice Lumumba, the assassinated first Prime Minister of Congo add something


Fine Gael - Mayo TD Enda Kenny was elected leader of Fine Gael in a secret ballot of the parliamentary party on 5 June 2002


The tide began to turn for Fine Gael in 2003 as the Fianna Fáil-led government's popularity took a downturn add something


Kenny's first major televised conference speech in November 2003 was well received by the media and, for many, marked a turn in Fine Gael's fortunes as it began to offer more vigorous opposition to Ahern's government add something


Fine Gael out-performed expectations at the 2004 Local and European elections, which saw Fine Gael increase it representation from 4 MEPs of 15 from Ireland, to 5 from 13 add something


Shane McEntee - A close friend of Taoiseach Enda Kenny, McEntee's election candidacy began in 2004 when he was selected as the Fine Gael candidate in the Meath by-election, which was triggered by the resignation from Dáil Éireann of Fine Gael's former leader, John Bruton


Olivia Mitchell - In Enda Kenny's reshuffle in 2004 she took on the Transport portfolio


Labour Party (Ireland) - Prior to the 2004 local elections, Party Leader Pat Rabbitte had endorsed a mutual transfer pact with Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny


John Perry (Irish politician) - In October 2004, he was appointed to the position as party spokesperson for the Marine, in Enda Kenny's Front Bench


In July 2005, five men from the north of Kenny's Mayo constituency were jailed over their opposition to the Fianna Fáil-led government's plans for the Corrib gas project add something


In November 2005, Kenny called for the abolition of compulsory Irish for the Leaving Certificate examinations add something


During the first half of 2006 Kenny went aggressively after a more populist line on the cost of immigration, street crime, paedophilia, and homeowner's rights add something


In March 2006 Kenny was elected Vice-President of the European People's Party , the largest European political group to which Fine Gael is affiliated add something


The close relationship between these two leaders is illustrated further by the fact that Angela Merkel backed Enda Kenny and Fine Gael during the 2007 election add something


Under Kenny the Fine Gael Party agreed to enter a pre-election pact with the Labour Party in order to offer the electorate an alternative coalition government at the 2007 general election held on 24 May. The so-called Mullingar Accord was agreed in September 2004 following the European and local elections that year add something


At the Fine Gael Ardfheis in March 2007 Kenny outlined his platform for the forthcoming general election entitled the "Contract for a Better Ireland" add something


John Deasy (Fine Gael politician) - In January 2007 he announced his intention to challenge Enda Kenny for the Fine Gael Leadership should the party fail to enter government after the 2007 general election


Irish Daily Mail - In February 2007 Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny cited the "Irish Daily Mail" in the Dáil regarding a front page which depicted a CT scanner that lay idle in a laundry room


Bertie Ahern - Opposition parties had previously been muted in their reaction but in September 2007 Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore called for Ahern to resign in light of his appearance at the Mahon Tribunal and on 23 September 2007, Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny was heavily critical of the "rambling, incoherent" answers offered by Ahern to the Mahon tribunal in September 2007


In December 2008, Vincent Browne criticised Kenny in "The Irish Times" for not having a grasp of the issues, notably of economic issues add something


An opinion poll published in "The Irish Times" on 10 June 2010 triggered a challenge to Kenny's leadership of the party add something


He announced a major reshuffle of his party's front bench on 1 July 2010, re-appointing Bruton, Coveney, O'Dowd, and Varadkar add something


Michael Noonan - After eight years as a backbencher, during which time he served as chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny appointed Noonan to his front bench in 2010 as spokesperson on finance


Shane McEntee - During the 2010 Fine Gael leadership heave McEntee gave an impassioned speech in defence of party leader Enda Kenny


At the start of the 2011 general election, Kenny said Fine Gael recognised the importance of the giving of hope and confidence to people through the taxation system, when speaking to reporters outside party election headquarters in Dublin add something


Kenny led Fine Gael in the 2011 general election add something


The broadcast was the second most watched television programme of 2011 in Ireland, attracting an audience of 1,2 million viewers add something


On 14 February 2011, Kenny met German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the Irish economy add something


Opinion polls of 23 February 2011 sponsored by "Paddy Power", the "Irish Independent", and "The Irish Times" suggested that Kenny would lead Fine Gael to its largest total of seats to date in the 31st Dail, and that he would be elected Taoiseach add something


He announced ministerial appointees to his Government on 9 March 2011 add something


He subsequently brokered an agreement with the Labour Party and formed a coalition government on 9 March 2011 add something


On 9 March 2011, Kenny appointed 15 junior Ministries add something


On 3 May 2011, Kenny's government approved a set of political reforms that adhered to promises Kenny had made in the 2011 election add something


On 13 July 2011 the Cloyne Report was published, detailing the investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse by 19 priests in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cloyne add something


Communications Clinic - In 2011 they worked with presidential election candidate Gay Mitchell and worked with Taoiseach Enda Kenny for his State of Nation Address


Lucinda Creighton - In March 2011, she was appointed by Enda Kenny as the Minister of State for European Affairs


Alan Shatter - On 9 March 2011, Shatter was appointed Minister for Justice and Equality and Minister for Defence in Enda Kenny's cabinet


Dinny McGinley - He was appointed Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs by Taoiseach Enda Kenny on 10 March 2011


Martin McAleese - In May 2011, McAleese was appointed as a Senator by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny


Fiach Mac Conghail - In May 2011, he was appointed as a Senator by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny


He warned that Budget 2012 "will be tough", and that "it has to be" add something


Michael Collins (Irish leader) - In 2012 on the 90th anniversary of the death of Collins, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny gave the oration, the first serving head of government to do so


Gerry Adams - At a dinner for his Fine Gael party on 29 September 2012, Taoiseach Enda Kenny accused Adams of having not only been a member of the IRA, but a member of the Army Council, calling for Adams to "be absolutely truthful about this" in response to Adams' calls for a truth and reconciliation commission in Northern Ireland


In February 2013, a deal was reached with the European Central Bank in relation to the promissory note used to bail out the former Anglo Irish Bank add something


On 19 February 2013, Kenny delivered an emotional apology in Dáil Éireann on behalf of the State to the Magdalene Laundry survivors add something


To mark the end of the Troika bailout in December 2013, Kenny gave another address to the nation, saying that the country was moving in the right direction, and that the economy was starting to recover add something


Fine Gael - In 2013 party leader and Taoiseach Enda Kenny announced his support for same-sex marriage, and that a referendum on the matter will be held in 2015


Hildegarde Naughton - She became a member of the 24th Seanad on 19 July 2013 when she was nominated by the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Martin McAleese


In March 2014, in response to reports that garda stations were bugged, Kenny informed the Dáil that he had sent Brian Purcell, the Secretary General of the Department of Justice, to Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan the day before Callinan's sudden departure from his role add something


In May 2014, following the resignation of justice minister Alan Shatter, support for Kenny and his party slumped at the local and European elections add something


Dublin - Taoiseach Enda Kenny was quoted to say that Dublin "would be an ideal candidate to host the World Design Capital in 2014"


Ryanair - The building was officially opened on Thursday 3 April 2014 by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and the Lord May or of Dublin Oisin Quinn


Albert Reynolds - The funeral for Reynolds on 25 August 2014 was attended by President Michael D. Higgins, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, former British prime minister Sir John Major, former SDLP leader and Nobel prize winner John Hume, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams, Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers, former president of Ireland Mary McAleese, the Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin, and the Lord May or of Dublin Christy Burke


He used an website to announce that the 2016 general election would occur on Friday 26 February add something


On February 2016, Kenny announce his intention to request that President Higgins dissolve the 31st Dáil add something


On 3 February 2016, Kenny announced his intention to request that President Higgins dissolve the 31st Dáil add something


After two months of negotiations following the 2016 election, an agreement was reached for a Fine Gael-led minority government, and Kenny is expected to be formally re-elected as Taoiseach on 4 May 2016, the first Fine Gael leader to do so add something


After two months of negotiations following the 2016 election, an agreement was reached for a Fine Gael-led minority government, and Kenny is expected to be formally re-elected as Taoiseach on 6 May 2016, the first Fine Gael leader to do so add something


While play at golf's Irish Open was suspended on account of the weather on 22 May 2016, Kenny gave an interview on Sky Sports add something


Denis Naughten - Naughten was appointed as Minister for Communications, Climate Change and Natural Resources in Enda Kenny's Fine Gael/Independent minority government after two months of negotiation following the 2016 general election


Paul Kehoe - Prior to the 2016 election Fine Geal received a timely boost in the polls as Rte news reported the public marriage proposal from Kehoe to the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny


Minister of State (Ireland) - Two were appointed in 2016 upon Enda Kenny's reelection


John O'Mahony (Mayo politician) - He lost his seat at the 2016 general election and was nominated by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny to the 25th Seanad in May 2016


John O'Mahony (Mayo politician) - He lost his seat at the 2016 general election and was nominated by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny to the 25th Seanad in May 2016


Shane Ross - The taoiseach Enda Kenny nominated him as Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport in May 2016


Joan Burton - On 6 May 2016, Enda Kenny announced in the Dáil that Frances Fitzgerald would be his new Tánaiste, while Burton's constituency rival Leo Varadkar took her old job in the Department of Social Protection


Leo Varadkar - On 6 May 2016, after government formation talks had concluded, Enda Kenny appointed Varadkar as Minister for Social Protection


Finian McGrath - On 6 May 2016, he entered Government with Fine Gael with Taoiseach Enda Kenny as Minister of State for Disability Issues


On 30 January 2017, a joint press meeting was held between Enda Kenny and British prime minister Theresa May in the Dublin government buildings add something


He became the longest-serving Fine Gael Taoiseach in April 2017 add something


Kenny stepped down as leader of Fine Gael in May 2017, and has announced he will resign as Taoiseach once a new leader is chosen add something


On 17 May 2017, Kenny announced his intention to step down as party leader, effective at midnight add something


Kenny made his farewell address to the Dáil on 13 June 2017, quoting U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt: "Far and away, the best prize that life has to offer is a chance to work hard at work worth doing add something


On 5 November 2017, Kenny announced that he would not contest his seat in the Dáil in the next election add something


Frances Fitzgerald (Irish politician) - After the Fine Gael leadership election, 2017 brought about by Enda Kenny's resignation as party leader, Fitzgerald 'seriously considered' putting her name down as a candidate for leader but ultimately decided against it


Leo Varadkar - Following the retirement of Enda Kenny, he was elected as Leader of the Fine Gael Party on 2 June 2017


Fine Gael - Varadkar succeeded Enda Kenny as party leader on 2 June 2017 and as Taoiseach on 14 June; Kenny had been leader since 2002, and Taoiseach since 2011


James Reilly (Irish politician) - Leo Varadkar replaced Enda Kenny as Taoiseach on 14 June 2017 and promised to hold a referendum on abortion in 2018


In June 2018, Kenny was named 'Irish European of the Year' for "his outstanding contribution to promoting and developing Ireland's place in Europe through some of the most challenging circumstances in our history around the time of the Brexit referendum to chairing the European Council and developing and promoting our relationship with the European Union" add something