|Taoiseach Enda Kenny received his seal of office from President Mary McAleese at Áras an Uachtaráin, March 09, 2011.
Enda Kenny has been elected as
Taoiseach by members of Dáil Éireann -- the 11th
holder of the prime ministerial office.
He was supported by a margin of
117 votes to 27 and has received his seal of office from
President Mary McAleese.
Fine Gael's Simon Harris, the
youngest TD in his party, nominated Enda Kenny for taoiseach
and the motion was seconded by Labour’s Waterford TD Ciara
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin supported the nomination,
saying he would not back any other person for the position.
The new Taoiseach will return
to the Dáil before 5:00 pm to announce the new Cabinet.
In his first Dáil
address the Taoiseach said the country was on the threshold
of fundamental change.
He said he was entering into a covenant with the public and
that honesty was his only policy.
"This is the darkest hour before
Speaking this afternoon American Chamber of
Commerce chief executive Joanne Richardson said “I would like congratulate
Taoiseach, Enda Kenny and all members of the new Government on their election to
office. We hope that all members of the 31st Dáil will work together to provide
stable and effective leadership as Ireland seeks to address its fiscal
challenges and also to repair the international reputation of Ireland as a
stable and good place to do business.
“The Government faces many challenges as it seeks to lead Ireland through its
current economic difficulties and I would like to assure the Taoiseach of the
support of the US Multinational Community in its work to restore economic
competitiveness,” she said.