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Enda Kenny Has Officially Stepped Down As Taoiseach

By James Fenton

June 13, 2017 at 1:28pm


After six years, Enda Kenny is Taoiseach no more as the Fine Gael man has officially stepped down from the office. 

In an emotional final speech, Kenny said:

"This has never been about me, it has always been about the challenges that our people and our country face. 

"That said, I'm very happy to have the opportunity to thank you and your predecessors, and indeed all the staff of this house for their assistance and their unfailing courtesy over the last six years as Taoiseach but over the last 42 years since I've been a member of this House."

During his address, he quoted former US President Theodore Roosevelt by saying: 

"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."

Leo Varadkar will take up the mantle of Taoiseach tomorrow. 

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