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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.
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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”.
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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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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
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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