Enda Kenny to bid final farewell as Taoiseach

Enda Kenny to bid final farewell as Taoiseach

Enda Kenny will formally resign as Taoiseach today after six years as head of Government.

Mr Kenny is the longest serving Fine Gael Taoiseach and the first in his party to serve two consecutive terms in the highest political office.

His legacy will be marked by the turnaround in the economy, the country’s exit from the bailout programme and the same sex marriage referendum.

Many in the opposition are critical of the how his government made €10bn in budgetary adjustments during the recession.

In terms of today’s choreography, Mr Kenny is due to attend his final cabinet meeting this morning before addressing the Dáil this afternoon.

Although the plans are not finalised, it is understood there will also be contributions from other parties before the Dáil is adjourned.

Many ministers will be also mindful that they will be changing departments after Leo Varadkar’s election as the 14th head of government tomorrow.

But in terms of his cabinet reshuffle – minimal changes are expected with junior ministers Michael Ring and Eoghan Murphy expected to be promoted. 

However, today the focus is on the resignation of a Taoiseach who’s career spans more than 40 years in Leinster House. 

Mr Kenny will submit his letter of resignation to President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin this afternoon.

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