Enda Kenny

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Enda Kenny
TD
Taoiseach
Incumbent
Assumed office
9 March 2011
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore
Preceded by Brian Cowen
Leader of Fine Gael
Incumbent
Assumed office
5 June 2002
Deputy Richard Bruton
James Reilly
Preceded by Michael Noonan
Minister for Tourism and Trade
In office
15 December 1994 – 6 June 1997
Preceded by Charlie McCreevy
Succeeded by Jim McDaid
Teachta Dála
Incumbent
Assumed office
June 1997
Preceded by Constituency established
Constituency Mayo
In office
November 1975 – June 1997
Preceded by Henry Kenny
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Constituency Mayo West
Personal details
Born 24 April 1951 (1951-04-24) (age 63)
Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland
Political party Fine Gael
Spouse(s) Fionnuala O'Kelly (m. 1992–present)
Children 1 daughter
2 sons
Alma mater St Patrick's College of Education, Dublin
University College, Galway (UCG)
Religion Roman Catholicism[1]

Enda Kenny (born 24 April 1951) is an Irish Fine Gael politician. He has been the Taoiseach since 2011. Kenny has led Fine Gael since 2002. He served as Minister for Tourism and Trade from 1994 to 1997. He is also a two-term Vice President of the European People's Party.

Kenny has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for Mayo since 1975, having succeeded his father Henry Kenny.[2] He is the longest-serving TD currently in Dáil Éireann, which makes him the incumbent Father of the Dáil.

Kenny led Fine Gael in the 2011 general election. He subsequently brokered an agreement with the Labour Party and formed a coalition government on 9 March 2011.[3] 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.

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Oireachtas
Preceded by
Henry Kenny
(Fine Gael)
Fine Gael Teachta Dála
for Mayo West

19751997
Constituency abolished
New constituency Fine Gael Teachta Dála
for Mayo

1997–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
George Birmingham
Minister of State for Youth Affairs
1986–1987
Succeeded by
Frank Fahey
Preceded by
Charlie McCreevy
Minister for Tourism and Trade
1994–1997
Succeeded by
Jim McDaid
Preceded by
Michael Noonan
Leader of the Opposition
2002–2011
Succeeded by
Micheál Martin
Preceded by
Brian Cowen
Taoiseach
2011–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Michael Noonan
Leader of Fine Gael
2002–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Máire Geoghegan-Quinn
Baby of the Dáil
1975–1977
Succeeded by
Síle de Valera
Preceded by
Séamus Pattison
Father of the Dáil
2007–present
Incumbent