Enda Kenny Biography
Enda Kenny known as Enda Patrick Kenny is an Irish Fine Gael politician who served as Taoiseach from 2011 to 2017, Leader of Fine Gael from 2002 to 2017, Minister for Defence from May 2014 to July 2014 and 2016 to 2017. Leader of the Opposition from 2002 to 2011, Minister for Tourism and Trade from 1994 to 1997 and Minister of State for Youth Affairs from 1986 to 1987. He has been a Teachta Dála (TD) since 1975, currently for the Mayo constituency.
On his first day in the Dáil, the age of just 24, Enda Kenny was welcomed at the gates of Leinster House by then Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave and a huge crowd of supporters where he spelled out his political priority: “The greatest good for the greatest number.”
When Enda Kenny became Fine Gael Leader in 2002, he immediately embarked on a campaign to revitalise the Party, which bore fruit at every subsequent election.
Fine Gael went on to become the biggest Irish Party in the European Parliament and in local government. The longest serving TD in Dáil Éireann, he was also Vice-President of Fine Gael’s European affiliate, the European People’s Party from 2006-2012.
Married to Fionnuala O’Kelly, Enda Kenny has three children – Naoise, Ferdia and Aoibhinn. Enda divides his time between Mayo and Dublin – as well as constantly touring the country (he visits every constituency in the country on a regular basis). A fan of Bruce Springsteen, Enda likes to hillwalk, play golf and cycle. He climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of three Mayo charities in 2003, and regularly undertakes charity cycles.