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The Republic of Ireland Coalition Government

Updated on February 1, 2017
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Entrance to the Visitors Gallery of Dail Eireann is via the staircase to the right of the main entrance to the Chamber. Senators may observe

Irish Politics

Enda Kenny, Eamon Gilmore and Berti Ahern leaders of the three main Irish political parties.
Enda Kenny, Eamon Gilmore and Berti Ahern leaders of the three main Irish political parties.

Election 2011 Results. A New Fine Gael-Labour Coalition Government For Ireland. Enda Kenny Our New Taoiseach Has Promised To “Tell the truth of our situation".

Enda Kenny, leader of the Fine Gael party has been voted in as Taoiseach by a historic 117 votes to 27 in the Dail yesterday. After which, Enda Kenny promised to “Tell the truth of our situation always”

Labour leader Eamon Gilmore was given the post of Tánaiste.

We now officially have a new government here in Ireland after a long and hard Election 2011 and then the two weeks that followed while the Labour party and Fine Gael party had talks on forming a coalition government. This they did and announced last Friday that they will indeed be going into government together.

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Fine Gael won 70 seats to Labours 36 seats in the Election 2011 which did not give Fine Gael enough seats to form a single party government.

The decision was made to approach the Labour party to see if the two parties could come to a compromise on their political differences to form a strong and hopefully stable government.

One of Enda Kenny's first act as government chief was to name his new cabinet.

Gerry Adams 2011 Irish Election

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President Of Ireland Mary McAleese And Enda Kenny The New Taoiseach For Ireland 2011:
President Of Ireland Mary McAleese And Enda Kenny The New Taoiseach For Ireland 2011: | Source

Enda Kenny Sworn In As The New Taoiseach Of Ireland By President Mary McAleese

Enda Kenny was sworn in by President Mary McAleese in Aras an Uachtarain in The Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland.

After which he then walked his new cabinet through a full house at the Dail in Leinster House to take up his new position as Taoiseach, head of the Irish government.

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny made a very powerful speech and I have to say, even though I did not vote for him or his party, I did feel a little less apprehensive about the future after listen to his speech. He seemed to ‘come into his own’ yesterday and even managed to get and keep my attention. (I would not be Enda Kenny’s number one fan that’s for sure). But I was swayed ‘a little’ after his speech.

The new Taoiseach said he wanted to “Close the gap between politics and the public” and claimed he was “entering in a covenant with the Irish people”. He also went on to say he wanted to “Tell the people the truth of our situation always, however unwelcome, difficult or frighten it may be”. He admitted his proposals for getting the country out of the mess we find ourselves in were “ambitious and complex”. He went on to say “The next chapter of our history requires a ‘Leap of Faith’, one we must take together”.

Enda Kenny's first Speech to Dail as Taoiseach

Enda Kenny

Enda Kenny for Fine Gael and Labour government.
Enda Kenny for Fine Gael and Labour government. | Source

Independents Oppose Enda Kenny's Nomination For Taoiseach

A number of the Independents opposed Enda Kenny’s nomination as Taoiseach in the Dail yesterday where they all gathered for the first of many Dail meetings.

Gerry Adams, the leader of Sinn Fein, also opposed Edna Kenny’s nomination as Taoiseach saying a lot of the Fine Gael plans for the future of this country are too similar to the outgoing government, Fianna Fail (who got us in this mess in the first place)

Fianna Fail took the unprecedented step of not opposing Enda Kenny’s nomination for Taoiseach. Mind you this does not surprise me as Fianna Fail the last few years do not seem to know their arses from their elbows! Of all the parties I and many others, fully expected Fianna Fail to oppose the nomination, but alas, they did not. I’m just glad that Fianna Fail now only have 19 TD’S in the Dail after the worse election result for the party in its history. (To be honest I think they were lucky to have even won that many seats).

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The Harp a Symbol of Ireland

From early times to the end of the 19th Century Ireland is unique in having a musical instrument, the harp, as its national emblem. From antiquity to its decline in the early nineteenth century the harp was at the social centre of Ireland. Up to at l
From early times to the end of the 19th Century Ireland is unique in having a musical instrument, the harp, as its national emblem. From antiquity to its decline in the early nineteenth century the harp was at the social centre of Ireland. Up to at l | Source

A Long Road Ahead

If nothing else our new Taoiseach has proved he is good at public speaking, he proved that yesterday. He seems to have the ‘Gift of the gab’ and certainly kept my attention. I just hope and pray that he continues in this positive mood and helps us to see some ‘light at the end of the tunnel’.

I hope that he and his party do not lead us ‘up the garden path’ the way Fianna Fail has in the past and that Fine Gael and Labour do some good for the people of Ireland and the Country as a whole.

I am going to keep an open mind to this, which I suppose you have too where politics is concerned but like I said before I am glad I listened to his speech as I do feel he may after all help us out of this mess.

I know it is going to be a long road ahead and more hard times and struggles are to come but at least he has giving us some hope for the future and you should never give up hope. Life is not worth living without hope. So I will end this by saying I am going to try my best and ‘Keep The Faith’ and stay positive for a better Ireland for the generations to follow.

Leinster House Dublin

Entrance to the Visitors Gallery of Dail Eireann is via the staircase to the right of the main entrance to the Chamber. Senators may observe Dail Sessions but must remain behind the railing which separates the Members seats on the floor of the House
Entrance to the Visitors Gallery of Dail Eireann is via the staircase to the right of the main entrance to the Chamber. Senators may observe Dail Sessions but must remain behind the railing which separates the Members seats on the floor of the House | Source

The History of Leinster House

The history of Leinster House the building that today houses the National Parliament of Ireland evolved in stages. The house was originally known as Kildare House after James Fitzgerald, the Earl of Kildare, who commissioned it to be built between 1745 - 1747.

James Fitzgerald set out to create the stateliest of Dublin Georgian mansions to reflect his eminent position in Irish society. On becoming Duke of Leinster in 1766 the house was renamed Leinster House.

In 1815, Augustus Frederick, the third Duke of Leinster, sold the mansion to the Royal Dublin Society for 10,000 English pounds and a yearly rent of 600 English pounds which was later redeemed. The Society made extensive additions to the House, most notably the lecture theatre, later to become the Dail Chamber.

After the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922, the Government obtained a part of Leinster House for parliamentary use. The entire building was acquired by the State in 1924.

Today Leinster House is the seat of the two Houses of the Oireachtas (National Parliament), comprising Dail Eireann (the House of Representatives) and Seanad Eireann (the Senate).

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      Christine 5 years ago from Dublin

      Hi John Canno

      Thank you for your comment, if a little bit strong but yes I can understand your frustraction.

      Speaking as an 'unemployed' lady now, I was made redundant from my job in April this year. I have worked all my life and like a lot of Irish feel now like I am on the scrap heep. I can not see myself getting a job in the future as I would class myself as 'mature' and 'experience' in what I do but unfortunatly employer's see this as 'too exspensive' and after sending out at least 1,000 - 1,500 CV's over the last few months I have not even reached the interview stage. It is an employer's market and because people, experienced people, who have done everything right and educated themselves are been left behind as so many people are selling themselves short and working for half of what they deserve.

      This has been happening a lot and not only when the reccession kicked in, a lot of non nationals where coming to this country and working off the books for less than the minium wage. This will probably get me into trouble saying this but I really do not care anymore. I am fed up, as an Irish person and been left behind because non nationals are willing to 'sell themselves' sort. It is ruinning our country and the work place.

      As for Fine Gael and Labour well what can I say except THEY ARE ALL AS BAD AS EACH OTHER and to be honest John I have had to stop looking at the news and reading the papers over the last few months as it was just upsetting and stressing for me to do so with the things that have been going on recently or should I say things that have not been going on !!

      I am in dread on the upcoming budject this month and I am sure the so called government have plenty more surprises in store for us all, I would love to say 'good' surprised but no that ain'nt gonna happen..

      Anyhow let's just see what happens and as for myself I refuse to get any more stressed than I am at present. I would love to say 'well lets wait for election day' and we can get our own back but what's the point !! There is no one else there to vote for, people are just greeedy greedy greedy no matter who they are and that is why the country 'World' is the way it is today ..... Garlic Angel :-(

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      John Canno 5 years ago

      It's amusing to see just how few people were actually fooled - and how many actually voted for this arrogant little ape still astounds me.

      Fine Gael single-handedly brought us the 1980 poverty, where only the wealthy and bankers had any money. They are, AGAIN, bringing the same misery on the working people of Ireland. Do the Irish not learn? Does History not teach us that we should not trust the dog to look after our lunch? There is a saying, "the dog will return to his vomit". These dogs are doing just that.

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      Virtually Bored 5 years ago from Ireland

      It's interesting to read this blog now with the benefit of hind sight. Not only do we now know that there is no difference in the political parties in Ireland, we know with absolute certainty that "career politicians", look after their career, salary and pension. I take comfort now from the fact that the entire EU project is in jeopardy because successive European Governments continue on a path which the majority of Europeans oppose. The EU project is no longer a democracy. The entire focus of Europe now is to cripple ordinary men and women and Sovereign Nations for what is essentially a banking crises. I take comfort from teh knowledge that many small towns in spain, Italy and Greece have reverted back to a local currency. The Dutch Government resigned today and Monsieur Hollande in France trashed Sarkozy. Hopefully, the EU project will collapse and revert to the original objective of an EEC NOT a federal Europe with an eye on world government. as for previous comments on Easter 1916 and Connolly, Larkin etc. They were spinning in their Graves since 1922 because this country has always had politicians who were more interested in the trappings of power and how to usurp it, as opposed to making Ireland a better country for its citizens. Those old steriotypes of patriatism are no longer relevant.

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      L M Reid 6 years ago from Ireland

      Yes Ireland is certainly is a right old mess. We the people were conned in to believing the lies from Bertie and his Fianna Fail mates.

      All the people who bought houses for €300,000 and above from 2006 have seen their value drop by half at least. Most of these people have lost their jobs or seen their wages dropped. So we have a situation where these people will lose their homes AND be 100,000's of euro in DEBT. The banks have said they are going to go after all these former house owners for this debt.

      What is this new Irish Government going to do about it! Sweet FA!!!

      There is no hope for the ordinary Irish Citizen who wants to have the right to own their own homes and have a good job with a decent living wage.

      Sorry Garlic Angel I am glad you are being positive and fair play to you. But Ireland has been betrayed by the Fianna Fail Party.

      James Connolly and all those who fought and were executed in the 1916 Easter Rising will be turning in their graves in Arbour Hill this April.

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      Christine 6 years ago from Dublin

      Hi literarychimp

      Thanks for your comment. Yes I am doing my best to be optimistic over this preposterous situation we find ourselves in here in Ireland. I must add it is not easy but ‘personally’ speaking I have been through so much over the last couple of years that I feel the only way to handle things is to be as positive as I can, if not for my own sake then for my children and grandchildren. If I were to show and voice my true feelings on things then sure I may as well just ‘throw in the towel’ and say bye bye.

      I, and many working class people, have been struggling long before this ‘recession’ came about. The so called ‘Celtic Tiger’ never came to visit us on its travels. Only the chosen few benefited by the ‘Tiger’ and still do. They have made their money and are now settled in their big homes/holiday homes/pensions and so on and so on. These people are already set for life and their retirement.

      Okay, maybe this recession means they can only visit their holiday homes three times a year instead of the usual six to seven times that they are used too. Also they may not be able to eat out at the best restaurants as often as they use to.

      It pains me to hear these people complain about their standard of living dropping because of the recession. These people have no concept of what it is to live from pay cheque to pay cheque. And probably will never have to experience it as they are already financially secure.

      Anyhow, sorry I did not mean to go on but like I said I do my best to be “optimistic” in the face of all this.

      You mention the Euro and Ireland returning to the Punt. My opinion on this is it would make no difference whatsoever to the ‘working class’ ‘the people of Ireland’. Reason been the Euro changeover had nothing at all to do with the mess we find ourselves in today.

      We are in this mess because of a handful of wanker bankers – Dirty Politian’s – and too many people of power ‘turning a blind eye’ to what was going on ‘behind closed doors’.

      So whether we have Punts or Euros there are still going to be dishonest bankers and unfortunately dishonest politicians that will continue to take take take and then expect the working class to pay back the debt because of their greediness.

      So yes literarychimp, I too “Fear for Ireland” and my families future but I refuse to be brought down anymore than I already am and I am keeping an open mind and hoping for the best.

      I am going to ‘put my faith’ in the present government and hope they will bring us to a level where all classes are able to have a decent standard of living and maybe bridge the gap between the rich and the poor. I ask a lot I know but sure why not, stranger things have happened !!!!

      A Hopeful>>>> Garlic Angel :-)

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      literarychimp 6 years ago from Ireland

      Its nice to hear an optimistic voice, but I wouldn't share it. I fear we are going to be very poor for a long time. If we dropped out of the euro we could simply commission the central bank to print pounds and pay off our sovereign debt, the socilised banking debt is just ridiculous. Now, we have to pay punitive interest rates on a loan from the ECB, eventhough they are just printing the euros on their own press, yes, its not like they are extracting it from a limited backpocket. Now instead of printing our own money and controlling our own interest rates we have to squeeze money we don't have out of our indigenous economy. I think all this is madness, but I fear the political class, and the Fine Gael party are a representative example, have neither the courage or the imagination to respond to this in a resolute and innovative way. I fear for Ireland.

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      Christine 6 years ago from Dublin

      Hello ahorseback

      Those are Powerful words you use “Innocent children survive, but not in Ireland” ??

      “Violence resumes” ??

      I would like to comment on those words you use but I find myself at a loss!!

      I am finding it hard to put your comments with any ‘relevance’ to the Ireland of today?

      As for your reaction to The Taoiseach’s words “closing the gap between politics and the people” Well we will all just have to see and maybe have a little faith.

      Positive energy goes a long way to healing old wounds.

      Garlic Angel !!!!

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      ahorseback 6 years ago

      "To close the gap between politics and the people " Right ! And in the real world , innocent children survive . but not so in Ireland? Violence resumes?