Kenny formally elected as Taoiseach
Enda Kenny, leader of the Fine Gael party, has been formally elected the next Taoiseach in the Irish Republic.
The head of the centre-right party was voted in by an overwhelming majority in the Dail (Irish parliament) and will head a coalition Government with Labour.
Mr Kenny received a rapturous round of applause from members of the packed lower House and scores of invited guests.
Mr Kenny was elected in the Dail by 117 votes to 27.
Mr Kenny said he stood in office with deep gratitude and humility.
"I want to thank the members of the House for the honour that they have given me here today," he said.
As his wife Fionnuala and children looked on, Mr Kenny said he was making a "covenant" with the people that the new Government will be open with the public.
"In this current crisis ...honesty is not just our best policy it is our only policy," he said.