Enda Kenny was elected as Ireland’s Taoiseach (Prime Minister) on 9 March 2011.
Mr. Kenny has represented the people of Mayo as a Fine Gael member of Dáil Éireann since 1975, succeeding his father Henry Kenny. He is the longest-serving Member of Parliament currently in the Dáil Éireann, which makes him the incumbent Father of the Dáil. He is also a two-term Vice President of the European People’s Party. He was elected Leader of Fine Gael in June 2002.
He served as Minister for Tourism and Trade from 1994 – 1997, overseeing an unprecedented growth in tourism business and Ireland’s trade position internationally. He has also served as Minister for State at the Department of Education, Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands, Western Development, Youth Affairs and Sport.
Born in 1951, he attended the National University of Ireland, Galway.