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Enda Kenny has finally scraped in as Taoiseach

  • Voted in on the fourth attempt
  • Labour voted against Kenny
  • Sinn Féin critical of FF/FG deal

By Kevin Doyle, Niall O’Connor, John Downing, Barry Lennon and Philip Ryan

Published 06/05/2016

Enda Kenny is first ever Taoiseach to be voted for a second term
Enda Kenny is first ever Taoiseach to be voted for a second term

Enda Kenny has finally been voted in as Taoiseach with 59 votes.

The Mayo man has become the first ever Taoiseach to be voted for a second term.  He needed 58 votes to be successful today.

The votes were as follows: 59 votes to 49 votes.

Mr Kenny said the engagements that had taken place over the last few weeks showed there are a significant number of deputies in the Dail who want to make the current political figurationwork.

He said he will take the "constructive comments" from the Opposition as he seeks to implement his programme for government

Mr Kenny promised a “comprehensive reform” of the Oireachtas during his second term of office.

He said every member of the Dail will have an opportunity to play a constructive role in the work of the Oireachtas.

He said "at the heart" of the programme for government is a realisation of the potential of all the people of Ireland.

And he said “good politics” will realise that potential.

Mr Kenny said recent years saw “sovereignty lost and sovereignty gained” followed by celebrations of the 1916 Rising.

He said he hope to draw inspiration from those who took part in the Easter Rising as he begins his second term in office.

Mr Kenny said it is a “great honour” to accept his nomination as Taoiseach for a second term.

Dublin TD Noel Rock nominated Enda Kenny today for for the fourth time since the election, telling the Dáil: “The urgency of now is to great to lose. It has been 70 days.”

There was laughter in the chamber as Mr Rock took to his feet to once again propose the Fine Gael leader as Taoiseach.

He said: “We need a Taoiseach to match the challenges we have ahead. We need a Taoiseach to master the opportunities which we face.

“That can harness the great capabilities of this parliament. And always, always put this country first.”

He said Enda Kenny had led the country during the last five years of need and was now ready to take on the next challenge.

“We have capacity, we have opportunity, we have the ability to the best country in the world but we  also have challenges,” he said.

The ship cannot go on without a captain,” he said.

Junior Finance Minister, Simon Harris, also backed Kenny and said the Irish people had shown patience over the past 10 weeks of government negotiations.

The Wicklow Fine Gael TD said he was very hopeful there would be a government finally elected today.

"Today I hope we will see the creation of a new kind of partnership government," Mr Harris said. He said the Government's aim must be to create a strong economy and a fair society.

Deputy Harris added that the minority coalition will be made up of diverse political views. But he stressed that unity can come out of political diversity.

Micheál Martin told the Dáil that Fine Gael talks with Independents show how a Fianna Fáil Coalition with Mr Kenny's party would be about “sharing the spoils of power.”

The Fianna Fáil leader reiterated his party's right to criticise the government in the “confidence and supply” agreement he secured with Mr Kenny.

“This potentially represents, and I say potentially noting the absence of the Independent Alliance but that may change in the next few minutes, a new beginning,” he said.

During his speech Mr Martin took credit for the suspension of water charges but added: “Water policy is not the most important policy facing the country and has taken too much time.”

Deputy Harris added that the minority coalition will be made up of diverse political views. But he stressed that unity can come out of political diversity.

Micheál Martin told the Dáil that Fine Gael talks with Independents show how a Fianna Fáil Coalition with Mr Kenny's party would be about “sharing the spoils of power.”

The Fianna Fáil leader reiterated his party's right to criticise the government in the “confidence and supply” agreement he secured with Mr Kenny.

“This potentially represents, and I say potentially noting the absence of the Independent Alliance but that may change in the next few minutes, a new beginning,” he said.

During his speech Mr Martin took credit for the suspension of water charges but added: “Water policy is not the most important policy facing the country and has taken too much time.”.

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