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Enda Kenny
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Enda Kenny

Enda Kenny (born 1951) is an Irish politician and has been the leader of Fine Gael since 2002.

Enda Kenny was born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo on April 24, 1951. He was educated in Castlebar and at St. Patrick's Teacher Training College, Drumcondra & University College Galway. He qualified as a Primary School Teacher.

Kenny first entered Dáil Éireann in 1975 following the vacancy of the Dáil seat in the constituency due to the death of his father. He has been elected at every election since then as a Fine Gael TD.

In the mid-1980s, he was a member of the Fine Gael delegation on the New Ireland Forum and later served on the British Irish Parliamentary Association. He served as Minister of State at the Department of Education & Labour from 1986-1987. During his period as a TD he has served as party spokesperson on Education, Arts, Heritage Gaeltacht and the Islands, Western Development and Youth Affairs and Sport.

Kenny negotiated, on behalf of Fine Gael, the Programme for Government with the Labour and Democratic Left parties prior to the formation of the Government in 1994. He served as Minister for Tourism and Trade from 1994-1997 during the reign of that Coalition government, overseeing an unprecedented growth in tourism business and Ireland's trade position internationally. As Minister he also chaired the European Union Council of Trade Ministers during Ireland's Presidency.

In 2001 Kenny was defeated by Michael Noonan for the leadership of the Party. However after the disastrous perfromance of Fine Gael in the 2002 General Election Noonan resigned immediately. In June of 2002 Kenny was elected the Leader of Fine Gael.

Enda Kenny is married with three children.

Preceded by:
Charlie McCreevy
Minister for Tourism & Trade;
Followed by:
Jim McDaid
Preceded by:
Michael Noonan
Leader of Fine Gael
Followed by:
(still in office)