Enda Kenny

Enda Kenny

Enda Kenny born 1951.

Married to Fionnuala. 3 adult children.

Enda Kenny was elected to Dáil Éireann, the Irish National Parliament at 24 years of age in 1975. He was re-elected in 12 subsequent General Elections until his retirement as Taoiseach in 2017. He retired from politics in 2020.

He served as Minister for Education and Tourism and Trade and became Leader of Fine Gael in 2002.

He led the Party for 15 years, the longest period of any Fine Gael Leader.

He also served as a Vice President of the European Peoples’ Party for 6 years.

He became Taoiseach in March 2011 and again in May 2016, the first Fine Gael Leader to be re-elected as Taoiseach in successive elections.

Under his leadership Fine Gael became the largest party at local, Dáil and European Parliament level, a result never achieved previously.

His tenure of office saw Ireland exit a Troika bailout, without condition, which resulted in the restoration of Ireland’s sovereignty and economic independence. He has always credited the Irish people for this outcome.

He co-chaired meetings of the European Council during Ireland’s Presidency in 2013, and oversaw approval of the EU budget 2013/2020 of 960 Billion Euro.

As Taoiseach to May 2017, Ireland became the fastest growing EU country for 4 successive years; unemployment
reduced from 15.2% to less than 5%; interest rates on Irish borrowing fell from 15% to zero, the country’s credit
rating was restored, and access to financial markets was fully secured.

In 2017 the European Council of 28 countries, gave unanimous support to his call that Northern Ireland, having left the EU as part of Brexit, would again be recognised as a full member of the EU without having to reapply, if the Good Friday Agreement on the question of a United Ireland, were to be implemented by vote of the people.

Mr Kenny was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate in Law by National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG).

In 2019, Mr Kenny was appointed chair of the global advisory board of Dublin private equity firm Venturewave
Capital. In August 2021, Kenny joined the board of Heneghan Strategic Communications, the lobbying and public relations agency run by Nigel Heneghan. In September 2021, he joined the board of Dublin-headquartered
‘Mechanical Tree’ firm Carbon Collect as a non-executive director. Mr Kenny is also a director of the Ardonagh
Group and a director of Envetec an Irish company with a global mission to provide clean change in the area of
hazardous waste. He also serves as a non-executive director and advisor to SUAS Aerospace and is on the advisory board of the TMRW Foundation who are bringing reality to the experience of people in the Internet of Life. In 2024 he was appointed as a Commissioner on the International Commission Against the Death Penalty.